Disappointing Google fans everywhere, the company announced today in their annual “Spring Cleaning” post that they will be discontinuing their Google Reader service starting on July 1st of this year. Other programs that are going to be to rest include CalDAV API support cases, Google Cloud Connect, Google Building Maker, and the Google Voice BlackBerry App. Some of these apps and programs are less popular, so it is understandable why they are being discontinued, but I know a lot of people rely on and use the popular Google Reader service on a regular basis, so it is sad it has come to this. Google had this to say:
“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.”
Like I said before, a lot of people relied on Google Reader for reading various news feeds and keeping up with daily happenings. It will be interesting to see if this will have any long-term effects on Google’s future.
Via: Android Central