Orkut, QuickOffice have officially received the axe from Google’s roster

A couple of services and apps have been added to Google’s chopping block. Both of these aren’t quite that surprising, though it always does make us take a step back when it happens.

First up is QuickOffice which we figured would be happening any day now. Google revealed at IO that they would be adding Slides editing to their Google Docs for Android app and that native document editing would be customary from here on out. That means QuickOffice quickly became redundant and there was no longer any need for its presence. Expect it to be whisked away from the Google Play Store in a matter of weeks.

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On the other hand is Orkut, a long-standing social network that just hasn’t been able to catch on. Orkut was Google’s first social network, though its huge Brazilian community caused them to repurpose it more for the locals of the 2014 World Cup’s home. Engineering director Paulo Golgher had this to say in a farewell letter:

Ten years ago, Orkut was Google’s first foray into social networking. Built as a “20 percent” project, Orkut communities started conversations, and forged connections, that had never existed before. Orkut helped shape life online before people really knew what “social networking” was.

Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut’s growth, we’ve decided to bid Orkut farewell (or, tchau). We’ll be focusing our energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.

 

Fast forward many years later, of course, and Google+ has completely drenched any chances of Orkut being useful for Google’s long-term plans. It’s not that the site wasn’t good, but it just didn’t do anything special — not then, and certainly not now. Those affected will likely be urged to find a new home on Google+ and for the rest of us, well, the world will just keep on turning.

The service will stay in-tact until September 30th of this year to give folks to transition. You’ll be able to get all your content using Google Takeout for up to two years after it sunsets. Google also mentioned they will be making the content posted to the social network’s vast communities public for anyone to stumble upon, though don’t expect any new content from the moment the blinds are shut.

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  • solemnservant

    Google+ needs to be next on their chopping block.

    • toomuchgame441

      Why do you say that? Google+ is legit.

      • solemnservant

        Too cumbersome and confusing for me. And I hate the apple-esque UI design

        • Lennatron

          But iOS is so damn intuitive!

          • solemnservant

            What does iOS have to do with social networking? O_o

    • warren

      Why? I can totally understand that it may not be for you…but to say it should be axed is..a little harsh? Its a fantastic social platform with loads of exclusive features (photo editing alone is worth using it.) Usage and public adoption will always be an issue, with such competitors as FB (ugh), IG and Twitter having total mindshare with average users. I dont believe it was ever Googles intention to pry people away from other social networking sites…as G+ is SO MUCH more than just social chatting, etc. You could honestly use it for the Photo features ALONE and it’d be 10x more useful than Facebook. That being said..options are always good. Furthermore, why wouldnt you want all of Googles services to thrive?

      • solemnservant

        Google messed up with that terrible name in the first place. Google+ is as confusing to mainstream consumers as is the WiiU. I guess I am just old and want a simple way to interact with my friends and not have “circle” of people who I don’t even know have my inbox info

    • Chris H

      Google+ is awesome and it’s integration with Hangouts is great.

    • spicymeatball

      Trolling much?

  • tbetz

    When QuickOffice is removed from the Play Store, will people whose phones on which it arrived pre-installed (like my Moto X) be permitted to uninstall it without first having to root their phones? That’s what I had to do to remove it.

    • mcl630

      Nope. Removing it from the Play Store isn’t going to magically change a system app to a non-system app. I’d expect a future firmware update would remove it though, but that won’t help devices that are no longer getting firmware updates.

    • No_Nickname90

      The app should still be on your phone. You just won’t be linked to the Playstore. It should be similar to Adobe Flash.

  • Michael Quinlan

    While I don’t recall ever editing a document on my phone, I do view PDF files frequently. Will there still be a Google solution for PDF viewing, or will I have to go to a third party?

    • Schaweet

      You could install adobe reader which really wouldn’t be considered 3rd party as that’s the native app for a pdf…..just sayin

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