Google has a bad reputation for shutting down apps or services. This happens either because the service isn’t crowd-pleasing, or because the firm has two services offering exactly the same thing and needs to shut one down.
And among the applications that could soon disappear, there is that of Street View. For the moment, no announcement has been made by the firm. Therefore, caution remains in order.
However, according to our colleagues from 9to5Mac, the end of Street View is already announced in a message hidden in the code of the application, and which should be displayed to users later. This message would indicate that the app will disappear on March 21, 2023.
However, the demise of the Street View app does not mark the end of Street View functionality. Indeed, the message suggests that users of the mobile application go to Street View Studio to post 360° images. And to view images or post Photo Spheres, users can always use Google Maps.
In a way, Google is eliminating a duplicate, since the features that were offered by the dedicated Street View application are already available on other apps. We do not know when the end of the Street View application will be formalized by Google, but in any case, the announcement will be made at a time when the firm must focus on priority projects and optimize its resources.
Hangouts is going away for good, Stadia is closing soon
Note that the information on the closure of the Street View app leaked while Google has just completed the process of closing its Hangouts messaging service. As a reminder, Google had tried to position this app as a competitor to services such as WhatsApp, iMessage, or Facebook Messenger.
But, not having had the expected success, Hangouts was abandoned by Google. And this year, the firm dropped the Hangouts iOS and Android apps this year. As for the web version, it was still available before November 1st.
Instead of Hangouts, for business users, Google offers a new app called Google Chat, which organizes conversations like Slack. And for messaging to the general public, Google is now relying on RCS, a standard comparable to iMessage, which is supported by the Messages application (which manages SMS) on Android.
Among the other closures of Google, there is also that of Stadia, its cloud gaming service. This was launched two years ago, and allows you to play streaming console games on Google Chrome, on a smartphone, or even on a television.
Unfortunately, Stadia did not have the expected success. And as a result, it will be closed in January 2023.
“While Stadia’s approach to consumer game streaming was built on a solid technology foundation, it didn’t gain the user buy-in we expected, so we made the difficult decision to start to end our Stadia streaming service”said the firm, in September, in its announcement.