“Killed by Google” lists offers buried by the search engine giant

The “Killed by Google” website is a self-proclaimed Google graveyard. Services, apps and hardware products that Google has taken off the market in recent years are shown there. This is particularly interesting with regard to acquired companies whose offers Google first absorbed only to then not continue with them. You can currently find it in the overview  already 293 entries. These start with the Google Deskbar (2003 – 2006) and end with Google Jamboard (will be discontinued in December 2024 after almost eight years). If additional Google offers are removed in the future, they will be added to the list.

This is just a small excerpt of the 293 entries on the Killed by Google website (as of January 5, 2024). Here you will find all the important information about the platform with buried Google offers.
This is just a small excerpt of the 293 entries on the Killed by Google website (as of January 5, 2024). Here you will find all the important information about the platform with buried Google offers.

The latest entries from KilledByGoogle.com

In addition to projects and offers that have already been buried, those that can no longer be used in the near future are also listed. To give you an overview here before you go the featured website changes, I have translated the latest ten entries for you:

  • google-jamboard – The Google Jamboard app will be discontinued in December 8 after almost 2024 years. It is a whiteboard application for the web browser and touchscreen whiteboards (e.g. “Jamboard”).
  • Google Podcasts – After over 6 years, Google Podcasts will be discontinued in September 2024. This also means the end of the corresponding Android app.
  • jamboarding – Even before the Jamboard software mentioned above is scrapped, the Jamboard hardware will be up and running in September 2024. The touchscreen whiteboard with 4K resolution will no longer be supported by Google after over 7 years.
  • DropCam – After approximately 15 years on the market (in the hands of Google since 2014), DropCam will be discontinued in April 2024. Both the cameras for video streaming via WiFi and their services are being abandoned. The “Nest” cameras from Google are considered the successor.
  • Google Domains – This was a service that allowed you to register domain names for websites. It was operated from 2014 to 2023, i.e. for over 9 years.
  • Google Optimize – This web analysis and testing tool allowed users to test and optimize their own websites in terms of usability and functionality. It was offered from 2012 to 2023, over 11 years.
  • PixelPass – This service was aimed at users of the Google Pixel smartphone. It was a monthly paid subscription, which was used to receive the latest Pixel device immediately after two years. It was maintained for barely 2 years, from 2021 to 2023.
  • Google Cloud IoT Core – This cloud service for the Internet of Things (IoT) was used to network devices globally, manage them and feed in data. The offer, which started in 2018, was discontinued in 5 after more than 2023 years.
  • Google Album Archives – This service was available to be able to access photos and videos stored on Google from various websites and apps (Hangouts, Picasa, etc.). It was offered from 2016 and canceled after almost 7 years in 2023.
  • YouTube Stories – The videos initially called “YouTube Reels” could be played to subscribers and automatically disappeared after a week. Introduced in 2017, the offer was maintained for just over 5 years and finally abandoned in 2023. Google sees more (sales) potential in “YouTube Shorts”.

Interesting list from a wide variety of areas

Personally, I'm only marginally interested in many of Google's business offerings. My focus when scrolling through the page linked above is more on YouTube as well as some other things that are more on the consumer market. Among other things, you will find an entry on the “YouTube Video Annotations”, the so-called “annotations” that you could add to your own videos from 2008 to 2019. Many videos and projects relied on this feature and are now partially obsolete because the text overlays, links, etc. placed on the videos are no longer displayed. This broke z. B. the genres of “Choose Your Own Adventure” and quiz videos created in this way.

Sources for the information provided are directly linked

If you look around the Killed by Google website, you will see that the individual names of the services, apps and products are underlined. This is not only the case because they serve as headings for the description below. But also because they are links to articles from online specialist magazines. These serve as a source for the information regarding the removal of the above-mentioned offers by Google. Sources include sites such as 9to5Google, The Verge, Google's own websites and blogs, Wikipedia, Android Police, Ars Technica, and more. For older articles that can no longer be accessed on the original pages, the corresponding links to the Internet Archive are used.

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