What Are Googles Biggest Failures

Google is known for its collection of wildly popular products, from search to maps to Android. But not everything that the company touches turns to gold.

Google Glass was supposed to change the world, however, it recently made it to the Museum of Failure in Sweden. And remember Google Buzz?

The company’s much-touted social networking platform that almost failed to take off. The list includes many more.

Googles Biggest Failures

Here’s a list of 10 Google Products that failed to make a mark.




1. Google Notebook

Google Notebook

Google Notebook was a precursor to Google Docs: You could copy and paste URLs or write notes that could be shared or published.

Google stopped development on Notebook in 2009 and officially shut it down in July 2012, transferring all data from Notebook to Google Docs.

 

2. iGoogle

iGoogle

iGoogle, a personalized homepage, was shut down in 2013. Created in 2005, iGoogle allowed users to customize their homepage with widgets.

Google said iGoogle wasn’t needed as much anymore since apps could run on Chrome and Android.

 

3. Google Dodgeball

Google Dodgeball

Dodgeball, a service that let users check in at locations, was purchased by Google in 2005.

Its founders, which included Dennis Crowley, left Google seemingly on bad terms in 2007 and Crowley went on to build a very similar service, Foursquare, two years later.

 

4. Google Hangouts On Air

Google Hangouts On Air

Google Hangouts On Air — Google’s live-streaming service — moved to YouTube Live in September 2016.

The service was originally created in 2012 when live streaming was catching on and was once used by President Obama and Pope Francis.

 

5. Google Catalogs

Google Catalogs

Google Catalogs, an interactive shopping program that digitized catalogs, was shut down in 2015.

Google shuttered the mobile version of Catalogs in 2013 and shut down the desktop version two years later.

 

6. Google X

Google X

Google X, an alternative interface for the search engine, lasted exactly one day before Google pulled the plug.

A strange tribute to Mac OS X’s dock, the site said: “Roses are red. Violets are blue. OS X rocks. Homage to you.” Google X was quickly taken offline on March 16, 2005; the “X” name was soon repurposed as Google’s research division.

 

7. Google’s Nexus Q

Google's Nexus Q

Google’s Nexus Q, a streaming media player that was designed to connect all home devices, was unveiled to great fanfare at the company’s 2012 developer conference.

But reviews of the $299 Nexus Q among tech blogs were brutal, and Google shelved the product before it ever went for sale to the public.

 

8. Google Video

Google Video

Google Video was Google’s own video-streaming service, launched before the company bought YouTube in 2006.

Google Video stopped accepting new uploads in 2009, but Video and Youtube coexisted until August 2012 when Google shut down Video for good.

 

9. Google Buzz

Google Buzz

Google Buzz was a social-networking service that was integrated into Gmail, but it was plagued with problematic privacy issues and never caught on.

The company announced in October 2011 it would shut down the service to focus on Google+ instead.

 

10. Google Glass

Google Glass

Google first unveiled Glass in dramatic fashion in 2012, but the device never made it to the masses. Glass came with a high price tag, software issues, potential privacy problems, and it generally looked too nerdy.

Google ended consumer sales of Glass in January 2015, but it continues to sell the device to businesses and is working on a new version.




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