In case you missed the big news this week (and that was pretty difficult), Google has announced that it is shutting down Stadia. It came as a surprise (or not) to many, but it also reminds us that Google has a reputation for killing many of its products for seemingly no reason. With that in mind, we’d like to know which recently killed Google products have pissed you off the most.
Stadia’s death came out of nowhere, although it didn’t seem to surprise many. Google has been known to defend its investment in Stadia at times, particularly after it killed Stadia Games last year, signaling that many were unconvinced of Google’s long-term commitment to the platform.
That means it’s an unfortunate loss for the gamers who enjoyed Stadia, and even more so for the developers who have pledged to release games on it.
We recently learned that Google has reportedly scrapped its plans to release a new Pixelbook, which should launch sometime in 2023. It’s been a few years since the last model was released, and now Google doesn’t seem keen on releasing more party Chromebooks first. It might not be all bad, as there are plenty of great Chromebooks to choose from that would likely cost a lot less than a comparable Pixelbook 2.
It’s an odd reversal from years ago when the company wanted to focus on Chromebooks and leave Android tablets in the dust. But now Google is gearing up to launch a Pixel tablet in 2023 that will show us where its loyalties lie.
Google Hangouts has been on a slow death spiral for some time as the company tries to simplify its app choices. Hangouts users will be forced to use chat and support will end in November.
Android Auto for phone screens was intended for users who didn’t have Android Auto compatible car displays, allowing them to use their phones for navigation instead. The service was recently discontinued in favor of the new Assistant Drive Mode.
Of course they are only some of the notable products in the Killed by Google graveyard that have died or are about to die this year. Leave a comment on our social networks and let us know which products annoy you the most. And while you’re at it, check out this article by Android Central’s Jerry Hildenbrand, which explains why Google is ending so many of its projects (it even touches on Stadia).
https://www.androidcentral.com/apps-software/poll-which-killed-by-google-product-saddest-about Poll: What recent Killed by Google product are you saddest about?