- Google has dozens of popular hardware and software products.
- But there are many Google innovations that have crashed and burned, or slowly petered out over time, like Google Glass and Google+.
- Here are the 19 Google products that have disappeared for good.
Google is known for its collection of wildly popular products, from Search to Maps to Android. But not everything the company touches turns to gold.
Google Glass was supposed to change the world, but it quickly became a punch line. And remember Google Buzz?
Now, Google has killed off yet another messaging app, Google Allo. The smart chat app never gained the "traction" Google was hoping for, and it was sunset in March 2019.
Of course, sometimes the best innovations are the ones that everybody thinks are doomed to fail early on but then eventually take off, so it makes sense that Google has had its fair share of misses over the years. Still, we highlighted 20 major products that have ended up in the Google graveyard.
(There are plenty more, however: an avid coder named Cody Ogden created a website listing all the products Google has ditched over the years. Ogden's site, Killed by Google, lists 150 now-defunct products.)
Here's a look at 20 of Google's biggest misses.
Google Answers was the first project Google worked on and started as an idea from Larry Page. Answers lasted for more than four years but stopped accepting questions in 2006.
Lively, Google's virtual worlds, lasted a little over a year. Google said it created Lively because it "wanted users to be able to interact with their friends and express themselves online in new ways," but it just didn't catch on. Lively was shut down in 2008.