Google Labs Bye Bye

Google Labs is going down. Will Gmail be shut down?

Its a heartbreak to tell all of you that Google Labs will be no longer be with us. Bill Coughran, SVP of Google Research Team said in a blog post on Wednesday. We had seen many great products being born at Google Labs such as Google Reader, Google Goggles, Google Wave, Google Calendar and not to mention the Godfather, GMAIL. Recently we had also seen the introduction of Google Swiffy, an app which converts Flash content to HTML5.

Google Labs game over

Don’t worry Google Mail and Google Maps wont be affected. Senior VP said,

To clarify: we don’t have any plans to change in-product experimentation channels like Gmail Labs or Maps Labs. We’ll continue to experiment with new features in each of our products.

As happy we were to hear that, joy didn’t last long as the news broke many other products were to be discontinued indefinitely. Many Google experiments were aborted by the team. When asked the reason why Google LABS was suddenly being shut down, Larry Page the CEO of Google said,

Larry page announces the end of Google Labs

“the company is in the midst of trimming its broad palette of products and services, eliminating those that haven’t proven popular and successful, like Google Health and Google PowerMeter.”

According to an article at PCWorld, there are estimated to be about 56 experimental products in Google Labs, many of them will take a shot!

Bill Coughran further added, “we believe that greater focus is crucial if weโ€™re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead.” As for other GOOGLE products and apps we can heave a sigh of relief as they will continue to be fully supported such as apps for the Android Market. Perhaps the people at Google are trying to make Google+ a hit, especially after the loss of Buzz, a social network gone in vain and they have succeeded in it as it has already touched the 10 million mark!

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Make a comment and tell us how you feel about Google Labs being shut down. Is it a good decision by Google or a bad one?

  • hi,

    i feel some thing was wrong there now all well.

    no problem by this

  • I like to see something in progress. Google lab was Google’s way of telling that they are doing something rather than not so frequent solid products like Google+. I am disappointed to hear that google lab has been shut down.

  • I actually think this a good move on googles part, i am a bit tired of them trying to get their hands into everything.

  • Wondering how come you are pulling Gmail here. How come Google will close a service that is trending ever one ?

    Looking forward for some justification.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Robin

    • I agree. This is exaggeration to say google will shut email or search.

    • hi robin…yes u r right. ๐Ÿ™‚ gmail is the most trending service of google but still gmail being a google labs product…we were in confusion as to whether it was going to take the hit or not.

      as we know google is capable of doing anything…recently it blindly started deleting G+ accounts of high profile tech personalities, G+ team sincerely apologised for that carelessness too.

      • I believe Google+ have stated that in the beginning that any account will be removed as its currently allowed only for Developers and totally for experimenting..

        ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the reply and please dont mind bro.

        Cheers.

        Robin

        • i guess u r right! it feels gr8 to be called as a developer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • steve

    I feel sorry for Google Labs to shut down and feel relieve to know that gmail and other application that is useful for me will not be taken away. Well if this is what the company see appropriate,so they can focus more on the most important aspect. I will generally support it. Sometime we have to cut down something to help others grow . right? Lets see what good this might bring.

  • I actually think this a good move on googles part

  • Yes it is true, Google is shouting down their low popular product and services.May be more extension version will come.

  • Gmail will not shout down, because it is very popular service of Google.Less popular product/service will shutdown or extension will come.

  • Google mail will never close because gmail and adsense are the main source of google income . They are removing only unpopular services

  • I don’t think they will get rid of gmail but they might tweek it

  • ebangz

    Great to know gmail won’t be affected, it’s a great help for us. Google docs is much needed.

  • If the Google Lab is being shut, it is indeed a bad sign. This is because this was, in my opinion, the best part of Google since it involved the most creative people and their input.