Our inbox recently got hit with a couple sad reminders of how services can roar onto the scene and then whimper away with far less fanfare over time. Such was the case for Google Wave, which is being turned off on April 30, and the fate of Posterous remains a big question mark.
As news leaks that Google is rolling out a home entertainment console to stream music wirelessly inside homes, consumers are flocking online to speculate its possible perks and pitfalls. It’s Google’s first foray into building, marketing, and selling physical hardware -- not to mention their first real experiment with consumer satisfaction -- and it’s not going to be pretty. Below, we delve into a few of Google’s other failed products, and how its new mystery device is destined to follow in its steps.
Google has given us a lot of great products and services over the years, but there's one nut they've yet to crack: Social networking. The release of Google+ is merely their latest attempt in a series of well-meaning failures that have made people wonder if they'll ever get it right. While it's too early to tell how this new network will pan out, it's worth taking a look back at Google's other experiments to see if they've learned their lessons.
The Wave is not over--er, the Google Wave that is. Sure, Google announced a while ago that development on Google Wave is no longer, but that was just for the standalone product. Actually, Google is thinking it will expand up to 200,000 lines of code they've already open sourced on the Wave and offer it up in "Wave in a Box." Yep.