Google announced it is shutting down several services to make the most impact on some additional products announced last January. Most of the services are being discontinued for normal users, others lost some features, while some are still available for paying customers.
Google Calendar Sync, Google Sync for Nokia S60, SyncML and Issue Tracker Data API are the most affected services being discontinued as of the next year. Google Sync will no longer accept new devices while Google Calendar seeks to get cut from several less popular features.
Here is the short list of affected services.
"To make the most impact, we need to make some difficult decisions," says Google and continue.
"So as 2012 comes to an end, here are some additional products, features and services we're closing:
- Google Calendar: Several "less popular" features are going away on January 4, 2013.
- Google Sync: You won't be able to set up new devices on January 30, 2013.
- Google Calendar Sync: Discontinued on December 14, 2012.
- Google Sync for Nokia S60: Discontinued on January 30, 2013.
- SyncML: Shutting down on January 30, 2013.
- Issue Tracker Data API: Shutting down on June 14, 2013.
- Punchd: Android and iOS apps discontinued and merchants will no longer honor loyalty cards on June 7, 2013.
Last January, we renewed our resolution to focus on creating beautiful, useful products that improve millions of people's lives every day. To make the most impact, we need to make some difficult decisions. So as 2012 comes to an end, here are some additional products, features and services we're closing:
On January 4, 2013, we'll be shutting down several less popular Google Calendar features. You'll be unable to create new reservable times on your Calendar through Appointment slots, but existing Appointment slots will continue working for one year. In addition, we'll discontinue two Calendar Labs—Smart Rescheduler and Add gadget by URL. Finally, Check your calendar via smsand Create event via sms (GVENT)—U.S.-only features for creating and checking meetings by texting information to Google—will be discontinued today, as most users prefer mobile Calendar apps.
- Google Sync was designed to allow access to Google Mail, Calendar and Contacts via the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol. With the recent launch of CardDAV, Google now offers similar access via IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV, making it possible to build a seamless sync experience using open protocols. Starting January 30, 2013, consumers won't be able to set up new devices using Google Sync; however, existing Google Sync connections will continue to function. Google Sync will continue to be fully supported for Google Apps for Business, Government and Education. Users of those products are unaffected by this announcement.
- In addition to Google Sync, we're discontinuing Google Calendar Sync on December 14, 2012 and Google Sync for Nokia S60 on January 30, 2013. We're also ending service for SyncML, a contacts sync service used by a small number of older mobile devices on January 30, 2013.
- The Issue Tracker Data API allows client applications to view and update issues on Project Hosting on Google Code in the form of Google Data API feeds. We'll shut down the Issue Tracker API on June 14, 2013.
- Punchd is an app that keeps loyalty punch cards on your smartphone. On June 7, 2013, we will discontinue the Punchd Android and iOS apps, and merchants will no longer honor Punchd loyalty cards. Users can continue to earn punches and redeem rewards at participating businesses until June 7, 2013. We remained focused on developing products that help merchants and shoppers connect in new and useful ways.
Technology offers us a way to make a big impact on the world. In 2013, we'll keep working hard to build a seamless, amazing Google experience for you.
Posted by Venkat Panchapakesan, VP, Engineering
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