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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

11. Failed Google projects: Schemer scrams

Failed Google projects: Schemer scrams

Google Schemer, perhaps the company's best named offering, announced in January that this service for sharing and discovering things to do would be shutting down in February. Users have been directed to use the Explore feature of Google Maps now to find cool things to do

12. Failed Google projects: Chrome Kill Switch

Failed Google projects: Chrome Kill Switch

Google has given developers of extensions to its Chrome browser for Windows until May to register their work with its online store. After that, the company will start throwing a kill switch to keep extensions from flooding customers' systems with adware and other such sneaky/sketchy stuff.

13. Failed Google projects: Doomed: Dual-OS tablets

Failed Google projects: Doomed: Dual-OS tablets

Word is that Google and Microsoft are not psyched about reaching across the aisle and allowing vendors like Asustek to roll out tablets that run both Android and Windows. Asustek announced the Transformer Book Duet at CES, but Google and/or Microsoft are believed to have put the kibosh on the product before it even had a chance to ship

14. Failed Google projects: Facial recognition in Google Glass

Failed Google projects: Facial recognition in Google Glass

Google is killing off facial recognition in Google Glass even before it gets going - for now - given serious privacy concerns. "Strong privacy protections" will need to be in place before any such features are allowed, according to the company's Project Glass team.

15. Failed Google projects: Could Nexus be next?

Failed Google projects: Could Nexus be next?

Google hasn't announced any plans to kill off its pure Android Nexus line of smartphones and tablets, which have proven popular especially with developers. But speculation continues to swirl that the company might do so, now that so much other Android gear is on the market.

16. Failed Google projects: Google losing its Voice?

Failed Google projects: Google losing its Voice?

This is another offering - Google Voice - that hasn't formally been erased by Google, but many indicators point to the company basically redirecting its voice technology efforts into Google Hangouts for a combined video and voice experience. Google last year did add voice to Hangouts, declaring it "the future of Google Voice," so no surprise here if Voice disappears as a separate offering. Google Voice launched in 2009, and was originally from GrandCentral, a company Google bought in 2007.

17. Failed Google projects: Developers lose Google Code

Failed Google projects: Developers lose Google Code

 

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