Google in a first of 2013 series of spring cleaning, today announced some closures, bringing the total to 70 features or services closed since the spring cleaning that began back in 2011.
First up, Google announced that Google Reader will be discontinued on July 1st. It's hard to estimate the number of Google Reader users, but according to some data points--the most popular feed has more than 24 million subscribers (CNN). "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," Google wrote.
Google has also, killed the Google's RSS Subscription extension for Chrome with the links removed from Chrome Web Store.
RSS Subscription Extension had 869,743 users.
Other products that axing include:
- Google said that Apps Script will be deprecating the GUI Builder and five UiApp widgets ( Hyperlink, InlineHyperlink, LayoutPanel, RichTextArea, and SuggestBox) in order to focus efforts on Html Service. "The rest of the Ui Service will not be affected," the company writes.
The GUI Builder will continue to be available until September 16, 2013. In the video below, Google talks about the features planned for 2013:
- CalDAV API will be shut down for developers (other than whitelisted developers) on September 16, 2013 and going forward will be taken care off by the Google Calendar API. For those the Calendar API don't work, can fill out this form to request access to whitelisted-only CalDAV API.
- Google Building Maker retires on June 1, will be replaced by the Google Map Maker to add building information such as outlines and heights to Google Maps. "Users will be able to access and export their models from the 3D Warehouse after the closure of Building Maker.
- Google Cloud Connect, a cloud plug-in that automatically save Microsoft Office files from Windows PCs in Google Drive--shuts down on April 30-giving way to Google Drive.
- Google Voice App for Blackberry ends beginning next week. And, going forward Blackberry users can use the new HTML5 app, which is compatible with BB version 6 and newer.
- Search API for Shopping, will shut down completely on September 16, 2013--as the company shift its focus to Google Shopping. The API has enabled developers to create shopping apps based on Google's Product Search data.
- As of March 13, Google has stopped "selling or providing updates" for Snapseed Desktop for Macintosh and Windows. The company said "existing customers will continue to be able to download the software and can contact for support. And, that it'll continue to offer the Snapseed mobile app on iOS and Android for free."
Update 03/25: Back in March 2011, Google added a feature called "Blocked Sites" to its search results page, that allowed to "block all search results from a domain."
Now, Google has officially discontinued Blocked Sites. "The Blocked Sites feature is no longer available," reads the feature page.