Search giant Google Inc. is quite busy today. After being denied of an injunction stay for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the device was pulled out from Google Play. The move is in accordance to the court ruling handed down last week, in favor of Apple Inc., which stated that the Galaxy Nexus is banned from being sold or imported in the US because it infringed Apple’s patent. The patent in question has something to do with Google’s unified search function. Samsung is working closely with the search giant to resolve the issue in order to lift the ban on the Galaxy Nexus.
And the Galaxy Nexus isn’t the only thing pulled from Google’s house. They did another spring cleaning and killed off a few more products and services.
Since last fall, Google has killed off more than 30 of their products and services in order to provide users with a better Google experience. And as they continue with their quest of improving their products and services, more of them are being shut down.
Here’s the list of the latest casualties:
Google Mini – the smaller and lower-cost solution for small and medium-sized businesses in terms of search that was introduced back in 2005 will see its end on July 31st. Google sees that the service can be replaced by their other products such as Google Search Appliance, Google Site Search and Google Commerce Search. Google will continue providing technical support for their Mini customers until the end of their contracts.
Google Talk Chatback – the service that allowed websites to embed a Google Talk widget for better visitor engagement will be turned off as the service is now deemed outdated. Google is encouraging websites to use the Meebo bar in place of Google Talk..
Google Video is on its deathbed but users of the service have until August 20 to migrate, delete, or download their content before it gets moved to YouTube as private videos that users can access in the YouTube video manager. For more details, visit the YouTube blog.
iGoogle – the customizable Ajax-based startpage or personal web portal launched back in 2005 will be retiring on November 1, 2013. The decision came from the fact that Chrome and Android apps are more popular and widely used that iGoogle. Ample time is given for users to export or adjust their data.
Symbian Search App – Google’s mobile search app for Nokia, will soon be retiring as the search giant focuses on their own mobile web search experience. Symbian users are advised to go to www.google.com on their mobile browser, and make it as their homepage or bookmark it, if they want to continue using Google search. Google believes that switching from the app to the web experience will enable users to make the most of the web-wide improvements they make for search all the time.
Contrary to what most believe, Google doesn’t enjoy killing off their products and services. Just imagine how heartbreaking it would be to tell a team that their product will no longer be needed.
“Closing products always involves tough choices, but we do think very hard about each decision and its implications for our users,” Matt Eichner, Google’s General Manager for Global Enterprise Search, posted on their blog. “Streamlining our services enables us to focus on creating beautiful technology that will improve people’s lives.”