Google announced Wednesday to shut down eight of its products including the popular RSS product, Google Reader and Google Voice App for BlackBerry, as part of its second spring cleaning.
The list of products to be shut down as part of second spring cleaning includes: App Script, CalDAV API (Google Calendar API), Google Building Maker, Google Cloud Connect, Google Reader, Search API for Shopping, Google App for BlackBerry and Snapseed Desktop for Mac and Windows.
"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." Urs Holzle, senior vice president of technical infrastructure at Google, said in the company's official blog.
Holzle also explained that the company is trying to focus on a few key products, which makes them profitable. Google has closed 70 features or services since the spring cleaning started in 2011.
The Google Reader will officially close down on 1 July.
"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," said Holzle.
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