Google Announces It's Killing Google Reader

Posted March 14, 2013 at 12:01am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 9086 views

Google has announced that it is killing a slew of products including the much loved Google Reader.

Here's the entire list of cut products:

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● 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.
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The shutdown of Google Reader is shocking not only to us but the many users who rely on the service to follow their favorite websites. Additionally, there are many popular apps for iOS that are Google Reader clients. Hopefully, a petition will be started to save the service. We'll let you know!

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SaveReader - March 15, 2013 at 10:26am
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g0estoeleven - March 14, 2013 at 12:55pm
I find Reader to be Google's most useful service, and I have all my different devices/readers syncing with the service. This definitely stinks!
Lucia - April 7, 2013 at 7:36pm
Joanna,I've been reading your blog since 2007 and it's awayls been my favorite. I've introduced it to so many of my friends/family/coworkers. In fact, we talk about your posts everyday at work! The thing I've awayls admired about A Cup Of Jo is your genuine tone. These sponsored posts just don't seem genuine yet they seem to come more and more frequently. Everyone at work today was talking about how disappointing these posts, pop-up advertisements, etc are. If it takes these sorts of ads to keep your blog running, then please by all means keep them. But it's coming across as a bit sell-outish to us, even if that's not totally fair for us to feel that way. To me, there is a big difference in sponsoring a company like Pinhole Press through your posts, which is something you clearly stand behind (it comes across in the way you write about it!) and a company like Nokia, which we all know you don't use as your daily phone. This comment isn't supposed to be super harsh but I just want to give you my opinion. We love your blog and it is definitely your decision to make - just wanted to give my two cents as a dedicated reader.XO
Petr - March 14, 2013 at 12:24pm
No worries, simply move to Skimr http://www.skimr.co
tincho - March 14, 2013 at 8:15am
WTF !!! Reader off? Nooooo... =(
Hendra - April 7, 2013 at 9:20pm
I\'ve read your blog most days for a few years now but don\'t comment ulasuly. I enjoy your lifestyle posts and don\'t ulasuly care about the advertising side of things.But, just to let you know, I\'m thinking of buying a Nokia Lumia because of your sponsored post and I hadn\'t heard of it previously. I\'m not a fan of Apple and wanted to see what the competition was like, especially since I\'d like to keep supporting Nokia as I\'ve been buying their phones for years.So thank you from Australia :) Apologies for the ramble, but just wanted to let you know sponsored posts can be beneficial.Nothing wrong with making things a bit interesting eh? ;)
riz - March 14, 2013 at 6:05am
They killed those products because they were not relevant to the market anymore. Just face it. They were junks.
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