Google to shut down Google Labs

Google has decided to shut down its Google Labs division which released early versions of software under development by the company to the public for testing purposes. In a post on the official Google blog site, , stated, "While we’ve learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we’re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead."

different product areas." However, this doesn't mean that Google is moving away from developing new products. Coughran stated, "We’ll continue to push speed and innovation - the driving forces behind Google Labs - across all our products, as the early launch of the Google+ field trial last month showed." Indeed the launch of Google+ has been very successful with Google officially announcing that it has signed up over 10 million users and some estimates putting the current numbers as high as 18 million.

Google Labs was the place where a number of Google's most well known products were first launched. That includes Google Maps which is used on many different devices by millions of users every day. Other Google Labs products included Google Alerts, where a user could set up email alerts based on subject matter, and Google Documents, the online based document software suite.

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Rudy said,
That sucks GoogleLabs was pretty cool

Google has slowly been focusing more on their core products rather than taking too much investment in side projects. So this will just encourage devs to focus on those products more and push polished features right from the start.

Jose_49 said,
What?! You got to be freaking kidding me.....

Now that I think of it... they may be integrating all of those features in Google +, plus they may be doing this to actually beat facebook.

Jose_49 said,

Now that I think of it... they may be integrating all of those features in Google +, plus they may be doing this to actually beat facebook.

"Let's dismantle NASA and universities, but incorporate their developments into military." &\?
Not a good move.

Jose_49 said,
What?! You got to be freaking kidding me.....
Yea I'm kinda surprised too. Especially considering they just added Labs features to Google Maps on Android. A few rather nifty addtions in there.

Not a great move IMO. Google's visibility in developing products gave them good steading and , I'd say. Hiding this away may hinder them somewhat. But perhaps not...

Execs see Google Labs isn't bringing in money on paper, execs see that as bad, execs decide to close it. Hope I'm wrong.

PotatoJ said,
What ... I use the undo send lab all the time ...

I hope I'm right in saying that Google Labs and Gmail Labs are two different things.

That's whack, I used many Google Labs features that SHOULD have been included in the final versions of many Google services. Very stupid to remove features, unless they implement current features of Labs into their respective products...

Brian Miller said,
It's probably more to do with preventing known corporate thieves like Apple from applying for patents for things Google invents.

Unfortunately, that makes a lot of sense

Update 3:36pm: To clarify: we don't have any plans to change in-product experimentation channels like Gmail Labs or Maps Labs. We'll continue to experiment with new features in each of our products.

That's good.

That's not very good. I used Alerts to automatically e-mail new pages on a couple of given topics on a daily basis, which were then added to a page on a website for that subject. Now I'll have to manually do the same search each day, instead of letting Google do it for me. This option should be added to the main search page.

sherwin_flight said,
That's not very good. I used Alerts to automatically e-mail new pages on a couple of given topics on a daily basis, which were then added to a page on a website for that subject. Now I'll have to manually do the same search each day, instead of letting Google do it for me. This option should be added to the main search page.

Looks like you're okay. Google Alerts is a graduate of labs:

http://www.googlelabs.com/?status=graduated

I wish Google had a better way of contacting them. The annoying issue of images being resized on Contacts on the iPhone has plagued the device for two years now, despite lots of people complaining they haven't commented on the issue.

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