Published on 2023-04-11 by ToolHub

Google's 2023 Graveyard

Google Graveyard 2023

Google is notorious for its habit of killing off products,
and 2023 has been no exception. In just the first four months
of the year, the tech giant has already pulled the plug on
six products, leaving users scrambling for alternatives.
Let’s take a closer look at each of the products that have
been shut down in 2023 so far:

Google Code Jam

Google Code Jam

  • Google Code Jam: This international
    programming competition was hosted and administered by
    Google. It consisted of multiple rounds of online and
    onsite contests, where participants had to solve
    challenging problems using their preferred programming
    language. The top 25 finalists got to compete for the title
    of Code Jam Champion and a prize of 15,000 USD at the
    Google headquarters. However, Google has decided to shut it
    down in 2023.

Google Currents

Google Currents

  • Google Currents: This service provided
    social media features similar to Google+ for Workspace
    users. It was launched in July 2020 as a rebrand of the
    now-defunct Google+ platform. However, it was shut down in
    April 2023, and people using it were pushed to Spaces,
    Google’s equivalent of a Slack channel.

Google Street View

Google Street View

  • Google Street View app: This app was
    available on Android and iOS and enabled people to get a
    360-degree view of locations around the world. It was
    over 12 years old but was shut down in March 2023. While
    the app is now gone, its functionality still exists on
    Google Maps and Street View Studio. As this
    comment on HN pointed out, this was a good move by
    Google.

Google Jacquard

Google Jacquard

  • Google Jacquard: This small tag could be
    embedded into clothing and paired with a smartphone,
    allowing people to perform certain customizable actions
    on their phones without actually touching them. For
    example, a double-tap could play/pause music, brushing
    the fabric could change tracks, and covering the sensor
    would mute/unmute notifications. It was first unveiled
    back in 2015 by Google
    Advanced Technology & Projects (ATAP)
    , but was killed
    in March 2023.

Google Stadia

Google Stadia

  • Google Stadia: Google’s cloud gaming
    service allowed gamers to run AAA titles on cheaper
    hardware, including phones, laptops, and TVs. However, it
    was shut down on January 18 due to low user adoption.
    Google refunded all Stadia hardware purchased through the
    Google Store along with the games and add-ons purchased
    from the Stadia Store.

Google OnHub

Google OnHub

  • Google OnHub: This wireless router was
    powered by Google software and managed by Google apps. It
    offered special features like Google Assistant and was sold
    in two versions, manufactured by either Asus or TP-Link. In
    2021, Google announced that the OnHub routers would no
    longer receive any software updates. Then in January 2023,
    the company rendered the product almost completely useless
    by disabling most of its features.

Read More