What are some dead google products

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Google has long been much more than a search engine. We surf the net with Google Chrome, navigate from A to B with Google Maps and watch funny cat videos on YouTube. But not everything that the Mountain View group touches turns into gold. In addition, the company repeatedly accompanies criticism from data protectionists.

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When Google saw the light of day in 1998, it was not foreseeable that the search engine of the same name would develop into the most important Internet company within a few years. In fact, little has changed in the visual appearance of Google in the past few years, but the technologies that have been developed around it have changed. There is almost no area in which Google or one of its subsidiaries is not active.

Google vs. Alphabet

When we talk about Google as a company, we usually don't mean Google, but Alphabet. The stock corporation was founded in 2015 to restructure the group. Google and its services are now a subsidiary of Alphabet, as are other companies in the group. For example, Alphabet also includes the biotechnology company Calico, which is researching to stop human aging.

Overview of Google services

Google started out as a pure search engine, but now the group offers a range of mostly free services. The most popular Google services include the search engine, the navigation software Google Maps and the freemailer Gmail. Below you will find an overview of the free Google services tested by netzwelt:

Users often wonder why Google offers such a wide range of free services. Especially since at first glance these services have nothing to do with the actual core business of search. However, this is a fallacy. Because Google collects a lot of data through these services that help to improve searches or to better understand users. After all, Google is also active in the advertising business with Google Ads. Until 2017, for example, the company scanned the incoming emails in your Gmail inbox in order to display appropriate advertisements based on them. In the meantime, Google has ended this practice and is based on the interests specified in your Google account when selecting advertisements.

Because of these and similar activities, Google is more often criticized. The company is considered an insatiable data octopus by privacy advocates. The Google founders Larry Page and Sergej Brin suspected early on that the diverse activities of their group could frighten users. For a long time, the phrase "Don't be evil" was the company's motto. In the meantime, however, the motto has been deleted.

Google also built up some services in the past to weaken competitors. For example, Google Docs can be understood as an attack on Microsoft Office 365. Google has been trying for a long time to break the hegemony of Microsoft's Windows 10 with its Chromebooks. Facebook and the Messenger WhatsApp are also a thorn in the side of Google. So far, however, attempts to replace these with their own products have failed. The social network Google+ and the messenger Google Allo, for example, were discontinued in 2019 and are the latest examples of the fact that not every Google project is successful.

Android

On the other hand, the free mobile phone OS Android developed by Google is a gigantic success. Almost 90 percent of all smartphones worldwide run with the software. The fact that Google succeeded in establishing an extensive ecosystem around the mobile phone OS is likely to have contributed to the success. The focus is on the Google Play app store (formerly Android Market), which now has as many applications as the Apple counterpart.

Android is no longer used on cell phones, but can also be found on tablet PCs, smartwatches (here it is called WearOS), televisions (Android TV) and set-top boxes.

Google software

Android isn't the only successful software from the Mountain View company. The Chrome browser is now considered to be the quasi-standard for surfing the net, while the Chrome OS notebook operating system based on it is still not very widespread. The Google Assistant, on the other hand, is popular.

Made by Google: the hardware business

However, Google does not only offer software, the manufacturer is also active in the hardware business and has expanded its expertise in this area through acquisitions in recent years. Among other things, Google took over the smart home manufacturer Nest (2014), the mobile phone pioneer Motorola (2015), large parts of the mobile phone development from HTC (2018) and most recently Fitbit (2019). Google currently offers the following products in Germany:

Google Pixel: the new range of smartphones

With the Google Pixel series (formerly Google Nexus), the manufacturer offers its own Android smartphones. They are characterized by long software updates and a stronger link between hardware and software. The current top model is called Google Pixel 4 (XL), and Google also sells the predecessor Google Pixel 3 (XL) and the mid-range smartphones Pixel 3a (XL) in this country.

Google Nest - everything for the smart home

Under the brand name Google Nest (formerly Google Home), the manufacturer offers smart speakers, WiFi routers and all kinds of smart home accessories in this country. We have already tested the following models from the portfolio for you:

Google Chromecast: The streaming stick with a difference

If you want to bring content from your mobile phone to the television, Google Chromecast will help you. The special feature: the streaming stick does not have its own user interface, but is completely controlled by a mobile phone app. You can buy the following Chromecast models in this country:

Stream with Google: YouTube, Stadia and Co.

Speaking of streaming, this is also an area that Google is increasingly trying to gain a foothold in. The gaming streaming service Google Stadia is currently causing a stir. In contrast, the music streaming services Google Play Music and YouTube Music are less successful. In the area of ​​video streaming, Google is primarily active with the video platform YouTube, which it took over in 2006.

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