From the popular Google Reader to the inconspicuous Cloud Print, Google placed numerous apps on the death row this year, some for no apparent reason. Let’s take a look at these poor creatures and Appmanimal is here to rant about them!
- Google Reader
One of the most celebrated tools of RSS enthusiast across the globe, Google Reader suffered an untimely death this summer. While it is true that the app didn’t enjoy the same popularity by the time its parent pulled the plug, Google’s decision came as a shock to the users who relied on the reader to stay updated via RSS feeds. Not only did Google Reader make managing subscription to feeds seamless, but app allowed you to import additional subscriptions from outside feed readers as well. Despite the fact that there are a few worthy apps that can carry on its legacy at the moment, not even a single one works as smoothly with Google News as the Reader did.
- Google Currents
Even though it was launched with bells and whistles, Google Currents failed to live up to its expectations; Google’s expectations, that is. Granted, Currents was not killed per se, but was rather replaced by a younger sibling, namely the Google Play Newsstand. Till this day, the motive of the murder is unknown. Perhaps it could be that Google wanted to bring a serious competitor for Apple’s mobile magazine and newspaper store.
- Google Talk
Google Talk was a respected member of the Android family and among the first instant messaging services of its kind. Commonly known as GChat, the service was implemented in the Gmail interface in 2005 as a feature that allowed professionals and common users the freedom to get up from their desks and tend to other tasks. You can blame it on its constant on-and-off affair with AOL Instant Messenger, but Google Talk took a radical decision this spring: it got a facelift, put on several pounds of new features and became Google Hangouts. Apparently, the cosmetic surgery didn’t provide the desired results, as many users are complaining about its overall cluttered and unrefined layout.
- Google Shopper
Simply because Google Shopper has a few quirks that were pretty annoying doesn’t mean it deserved to be put to sleep at the end of August. In all fairness, Shopper appeared to be addressing the indecisive consumer of today, namely the one who is not exactly sure what he’s looking for. In fact, irrespective of whether you needed electronics, apparel, office supplies or a smartphone that meets your needs, Google Shopper was a good place to start your query. Furthermore, the app’s amazing Shopping List and comparison tools used to provide you with instant price comparisons from online retailers and local stores alike.
- Google Play Magazines
In spite of the fact that it was launched in the summer of 2012, Google Play Magazines drew its last breath around this Thanksgiving. True enough, the app was the least popular “Play” apps for Android. Moreover, it sometimes used to lag when the pages were loading, ruining the experience. On the other hand, let’s not forget that Magazines provided users with a very simple way to subscribe and read digital magazines, even while offline. Besides, buying subscriptions or individual magazines through the Google Play service made the whole experience a lot simpler.
- Movie Studios
Released in 2011 alongside the anxiously awaited Honeycomb, Movie Studios was a promising application. However, as with all other video editing apps launched by Google, Movie Studios failed to meet the Android enthusiasts’ expectations. Not only did it lack important features for an app in this category, but Google didn’t even bother to update it and simply abandoned the project earlier this year. Given the numerous and frankly, more potent, video editing apps on Google Play, you can’t really blame them.
- Google’s official Cloud Print app
While most users claim this is just a rumor, the truth is that Google’s official Cloud Print app was indeed launched silently this summer. However, with the integration of Cloud Printing capabilities of the new KitKat, it never stood a chance and was deemed obsolete, although chances are it may stick around for a while longer.