Google’s long history of releasing apps and services, then shutting them down — sometimes abruptly — if they aren’t adopted by the masses is well documented. A few apps that come to mind are Inbox, Allo, as well as the lesser known services like Google Wave and Currents. RIP to those.
Thanks to RS Components, we have a handy dandy little infographic that can help put Google’s app and service-killing movies into perspective. You won’t find every dead service listed, but the big ones are in here, and it must be noted that Hangouts is obviously not yet dead. That should be happening in 2020.
While it’s clear to see that Google seems to enjoy launching things in an effort to see what sticks to the wall, then shutting them down, it’s at least appreciated that Google takes its risks to offer the public something new.
Now we just need to figure out what the heck is going on with YouTube Music and Google Play Music, plus we need to determine what the heck is going to replace Hangouts. These are uneasy times in the Android ecosystem.