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Google Graveyard: 17 failed Google projects, services and products

Anh Nguyen, Sam Shead and Bob Brown, Christina Mer | June 24, 2016
Here's what Google has killed since 2014

Google revealed it was closing its engineering office in Russia at the end of last year (2014). It came as restrictions on internet freedoms increased, such as a law, which comes into effect this year, that requires foreign companies to store Russian users' personal data on Russia-based servers.

There will still be support and marketing staff in the country.

6. Failed Google projects: Google Glass

Failed Google projects: Google Glass
The £1,000 wearable is no longer available for sale. © iStock/John Barnett

The much vaunted future technology Google Glass is sadly no more. As of January 2015, Google has closed its Glass Explorer Program, which allowed developers to create apps for the £1,000 wearable.

Now, the device is no longer available for sale. Google claims that there will be "future versions" of Glass when it's ready.

7. Failed Google projects: Google News in Spain

Failed Google projects: Google News in Spain
Spanish newspapers were asking Google to pay to link to their content © iStock/ManuelVelasco

In December 2014, Google closed down its Google News in Spain after a law was passed in the country requiring Google and other aggregators to pay local publishers for links to or snippets of stories.

8. Failed Google projects: Bump and Flock get... bumped

Failed Google projects: Bump and Flock get... bumped

Google bought the iOS and Android mobile sharing app Bump, which enabled smartphone users to bump their devices to share photos, videos and more, just last September. It also got the group-sharing Flock photo app in the deal. But Google axed both apps at the end of January: users had 30 days to retrieve their data before it went poof.

9. Failed Google projects: Wave goodbye to Currents

Failed Google projects: Wave goodbye to Currents

Google informed users of its Currents news reader app for Android that it would be no more, though would be replaced by Google Play Newstand. The ripple of concern over Currents' loss came nowhere near the backlash users exhibited last year when Google Reader was killed off.

10. Failed Google projects: Bufferbox gets the boot

Failed Google projects: Bufferbox gets the boot

Google bought parcel storage service Bufferbox in 2012, but has announced the offering will be no more as of this spring ("Our warehouses will stop accepting packages on March 31, 2014 and April 21, 2014 will be the last day to pick up your packages from BufferBox locations.") Google says the "learnings and technology" from Bufferbox to future Google Shopping services. Drones anyone?

 

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