Google Video, iGoogle, Google Mini, Google Talk and Symbian Search App axed
Google on Tuesday announced to axe 5 of its products that include:
- Google Video
- Google Mini
- Google Talk Chatback
- Symbian Search App
Google has taken this decision because these products have lost their need in recent years and have become less relevant in the age of the mobile Internet.
iGoogle is the personalized homepage service, was launched in 2005. It will be axed on Nov 1, 2013. Users will have 16 months to adjust or export their data.
Google Video on the other hand stopped uploading videos in May 2009. Users are asked to delete or download their content before Aug 20. The remaining content will then be moved to YouTube.
Google made this announcement through its official blog.
"Closing products always involves tough choices, but we do think very hard about each decision and its implications for our users. Streamlining our services enables us to focus on creating beautiful technology that will improve people's lives," Google said.
Matt Eichner, General manager of Google said, "Technology creates tremendous opportunities to improve people's lives. But to make the most of them, we need to focus -- or we end up doing too much and not having the impact we strive for".
"So last fall we started a spring clean, and since then we've closed or combined more than 30 products. Today we're announcing a few more closures. With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for iGoogle has eroded over time, so we'll be winding it down. Users will have 16 months to adjust or export their data".
"Closing products always involves tough choices, but we do think very hard about each decision and its implications for our users," he added.
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