Google Spaces is the newest Google service to be shut down

In May 2016, Google launched Spaces, a service (and app) aimed at providing "a better group sharing experience." Basically, Spaces was meant to be a neat product for small groups of people united by the same interests, offering an easy way to share links, photos, or videos. Now, apparently after seeing that the service is far from being popular, Google is getting ready to shut it down.

Starting March 3, Google Spaces will be read-only - users will no longer be able to create spaces, share info, comment, or send invites to other people. The service will be killed off for good on April 17. Until then, if you are using Spaces, you'll have plenty time to save any content that you don't want to lose.

In the grand scheme of things, the fact that Google is discontinuing Spaces doesn't mean much. The Mountain View company is well known for developing various services and apps, only to kill them off after a while. Truth is, Google has plenty of resources to experiment with pretty much anything and see what works and what doesn't. As it turns out, Google Spaces is an idea that does not work - or at least not as Google hoped it would. Nevertheless, Google says it'll be using what it learned from Spaces "to improve other products and services." That's still something, right?

source: Google Spaces via Droid-life



1. aman5mathur

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Am i the only one who heard of this service for the first time today while its being called off? Lol.

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6882; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I read about it once and didn't pay it a second thought. If I need to share something with a group of people there's already more than enough options available.

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I never heard of it. In fact i am trying out GroupMe from Microsoft. An extension of their Skype. Not much happening there either.

7. aman5mathur

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

I use that on my nokia (symbian)! Apparently its the only chat app available apart from messenger

4. AlikMalix unregistered

For all the crap I give to android and its manufacturers for "throwing everything against the wall and see what sticks" there's a positive thing here - trying differing things or tangent of things we already have may find something great... But yeah, first time I heard of Google Spaces!

6. jeffpom

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 11, 2016

Heard of it - downloaded it to see what it is/does. Glorified "Wave" - without the email aspect. It's a mix of Pinterest, Hangouts, Keep... With full google collobaration. So we could create a "Google Spaces" space... and post things, and talk about it... I can see the usefulness. But if you don't let people you have it, and you're almost reinventing the wheel, trying to bring people to you instead of other existing places... It won't work. Only Apple pulls those type of copying things off. LOL

8. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Wow I am surprised. Google could never do that.

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