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Google is successful with products like Chrome, Android and Gmail, but over the last 20 years there have also been several attempts that have failed or been successful for a while. The company operates on a trial and error system that results in an avalanche of apps and services that, of course, include launches that are not so well accepted.

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In other cases, as happened recently with Inbox, the software is discontinued because its functionality is incorporated into another company service, and its existence loses its meaning. Below are seven Google services that did not work and no longer exist. Orkut and Picasa are others who had moments of glory, but were replaced. Remember, in the list below, seven famous Google products that no longer exist.

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Picasa was a service for organizing and viewing images acquired by Google in 2004, with versions for Windows, macOS and Linux. The program had several functions, such as arranging images and videos in albums, in addition to publishing content online for replication on the networks. At the time, the service rivaled Flickr. Later, however, the platform became obsolete with the arrival of Google Photos. The service was discontinued in March 2016.

Picasa has been replaced by Google Photos Photo: Divulgao / GooglePicasa has been replaced by Google Photos Photo: Divulgao / Google

Picasa has been replaced by Google Photos Photo: Divulgao / Google

Considered one of the most popular products among those that no longer exist, Google Reader was an aggregator of links that served to gather interesting pages with articles to read later. The service merged a classic RSS manager with what you have on Google News today. Launched in 2005, it went through a fierce competition of more advanced options, such as Flipboard and Feedly. Google Reader was closed in July 2013.

Google Reader was an RSS reader and news Photo: Divulgao / GoogleGoogle Reader was an RSS reader and news Photo: Divulgao / Google

Google Reader was an RSS reader and news Photo: Divulgao / Google

Announced with pomp in May 2009, Google Wave promised to be the future substitute for e-mail betting on online collaboration. The service combined e-mail elements with instant messaging, collaborative encyclopedia and photo sharing. The initiative had low adoption by the public, who did not seem to understand the proposal of the tool very well. The service ended in August 2010. Currently, traces of the Wave proposal appear in collaborative apps like Slack.

Google Wave wanted to revolutionize email Photo: Divulgao / GoogleGoogle Wave wanted to revolutionize email Photo: Divulgao / Google

Google Wave wanted to revolutionize email Photo: Divulgao / Google

Not everyone remembers, but the fever that took over Brazil in the mid-2000s was developed by Google. Orkut started with a system of invitations, which gave an air of exclusivity to the social network. In a short time, users were attracted by the communities, messages (scraps) and testimonies published in the profiles of friends, including those not accepted so as not to be exposed publicly.

However, the platform was successful only in Brazil and India. Later, the company tried its luck once again with Google+, but it was unsuccessful although it still exists, the social network considered a failure.

Communities were remarkable on Orkut Photo: Reproduo / Thiago BarrosCommunities were remarkable on Orkut Photo: Reproduo / Thiago Barros

Communities were remarkable on Orkut Photo: Reproduo / Thiago Barros

Google Talk was a messenger integrated with Gmail that existed for several years even with the launch of Google's own competitors, such as Hangouts. The feature worked since 2005 within the email service until it was replaced by Hangouts, which became part of the inbox. Google recently removed the messenger from New Gmail.

Google Talk worked inside Gmail Photo: Divulgao / GoogleGoogle Talk worked inside Gmail Photo: Divulgao / Google

Google Talk worked inside Gmail Photo: Divulgao / Google

Google discontinued Google Goggles at the end of August, a QR code and barcode recognition application for Android. The app existed for a brief period also for iPhone (iOS), and since 2010 it has been the official way to scan physical codes using the cell phone camera. The service, however, was outdated and lost its meaning with the arrival of Google Lens, which uses artificial intelligence resources to scan the environment and identify various types of objects.

Google Goggles identified objects by the camera Photo: Divulgao / GoogleGoogle Goggles identified objects by the camera Photo: Divulgao / Google

Google Goggles identified objects by the camera Photo: Divulgao / Google

The next novelty of the Google service cemetery will be the Google Inbox, scheduled to end in March 2019. Launched in 2014 as a more modern version of Gmail on the web and on mobile, the app debuted features such as postponement of messages and categorization automatic content of themes in the inbox. Today, several of its functions have been incorporated into the latest version of Gmail.

Inbox by Gmail to be closed in 2019 Photo: Divulgao / GoogleInbox by Gmail to be closed in 2019 Photo: Divulgao / Google

Inbox by Gmail to be closed in 2019 Photo: Divulgao / Google

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