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Google shuts down Google Labs, focuses on finished products

updated 03:50 pm EDT, Wed July 20, 2011

Google ramps down Google Labs

Google on Wednesday said it was phasing out Google Labs. Its experimental side was going away as the company shifted its attention to finished, public-ready projects. The company wanted a "greater focus" on what it released, senior research VP Bill Coughran explained.

Most of the shutdown would involve closing off experimental projects on the web and in Android apps. However, some of this would be folded into other, larger work. Many Android-related features would still be available, although it was hinted they might not be updated.

The decision comes a few months after Larry Page took over the CEO spot and is likely the direct result of his new management style. Page has spent much of his leadership since April trimming down much of Google's work to avoid duplication and make sure that more of it reaches users. It's this focus that has been credited to the rapid implementation and adoption of Google+ as well as large strides in profit for his first month in the CEO spot.

Google was at one time near-infamous for leaving its features in a testing state, including a years-long 'beta' of Gmail that had tens of millions of people adopting it before it it became final.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. viktorob

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    Finished products?

    Everything at google is in BETA, even the email is in beta, still no push mail or calendars in there.
    Android still crashing in all tablets and phones.
    Application store has more malwares than applications.
    So, what finished products?

  1. xmlaroux

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    @viktorob

    Are you kidding me? Your whole post is pointless, wrong, and Trollish.
    Grow up.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    @viktorob

    Yeah, substantiate your post or get lost!

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Viktorob is right at least on one point, everything at Google is in BETA beside search and Ads. When you read Google EULA they got absolute no shame to present their services as: they are free, come and go as you please but do not bother us and we can pull the plug at anytime has is convenient for us. And everything at Google is drive by their Ads things.

  1. facebook_Paul

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    Joined: Oct 2011

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    Bad Idea Shutting Down Google Labs

    Google Labs was a great incubator for ideas and apps. I can't believe Google is shutting it down. I used to use one of their apps, Fast Flip, daily. I used to recommend it to students that attend my speed reading classes as a great way to read the news quickly online. Now that Google Fast Flip is discontinued I'm going to try and revive a similar (but better) app. I'll post updates for those interested here: http://www.irisreading.com/fastflip

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