17 March 2013

Google Reader Shuts Down its Service on July 1, 2013

Well this is not quite the first time that Google shuts down its other products. Google is really dedicating to focus on products that have served very well to a better user experience.

Why does Google puts end to its Popular Aggregator, the Google Reader?
Google Reader is a popular aggregator application that was first launched in 2005 to give easy access, to discover efficiently and to keep websites in user's favorite tabs.

In their Blog post, Google will soon retire its Google Reader on July 1, 2013. This is really a sad part of the users and also with the developers. But Google choose to shut down Google Reader because of low usage among users and to focus more on the fewer products.

So on July 1, we are no longer used its service. However, in the Verge Post, its says that we can use Feedly as part of the substitute of Google Reader. Moreover, it says that in 2 days more than 500k Google Reader users jumps switch to Feedly.

In other news - telegraph post, a thousands of dismayed users file a petition to withdraw the shutting down of Google Reader.

Without further second chances however, we can use Google Takeout to export data subscription from Google Reader.

Google Reader is one of the Spring Cleaning that Google has its move to improve user experience. With such, there are many products soon to retire also.

Excerpt from this Official Google Blog post:

  • Apps Script will be deprecating the GUI Builder and five UiApp widgets in order to focus efforts on Html Service. The rest of the Ui Service will not be affected. The GUI Builder will continue to be available until September 16, 2013. For more information see our post on the Google Apps Developer Blog.
  • CalDAV API will become available for whitelisted developers, and will be shut down for other developers on September 16, 2013. Most developers’ use cases are handled well by Google Calendar API, which we recommend using instead. If you’re a developer and the Calendar API won’t work for you, please fill out this form to tell us about your use case and request access to whitelisted-only CalDAV API.
  • Google Building Maker helped people to make three-dimensional building models for Google Earth and Maps. It will be retired on June 1, but users are still able to access and export their models from the 3D Warehouse. We’ll continue to expand the availability of comprehensive and accurate new 3D imagery on Google Earth, and people can still use Google Map Maker to add building information such as outlines and heights to Google Maps.
  • Google Cloud Connect is a plug-in to help people work in the cloud by automatically saving Microsoft Office files from Windows PCs in Google Drive. But installing Google Drive on your desktop achieves the same thing more effectively—and Drive works not only on Windows, but also on Mac, Android and iOS devices. Existing users will no longer be able to use Cloud Connect as of April 30.
  • We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.
  • Beginning next week, we're ending support for the Google Voice App for Blackberry. For Blackberry users who want to continue using Google Voice, we recommend they use our HTML5 app, which is more secure and easier for us to keep up to date. Our HTML5 site is compatible with users with Blackberry version 6 and newer.
  • We’re deprecating our Search API for Shopping, which has enabled developers to create shopping apps based on Google’s Product Search data. While we believe in the value this offering provided, we’re shifting our focus to concentrate on creating a better shopping experience for users through Google Shopping. We’ll shut the API down completely on September 16, 2013.
  • Beginning today we’ll no longer sell or provide updates for Snapseed Desktop for Macintosh and Windows. Existing customers will continue to be able to download the software and can contact us for support. We’ll continue to offer the Snapseed mobile app on iOS and Android for free.

  • sources:

    1. http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2013/03/powering-down-google-reader.html
    2. Official Blog: A second spring of cleaning
    3. http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-second-spring-of-cleaning.html
    4. http://www.feedly.com/home#welcome
    5. http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/16/4113138/google-reader-users-flock-to-feedly
    6. https://www.google.com/takeout/
    7. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/9934604/Google-Reader-petition-hits-100000-signatures.html
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