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[-] vk6flab@lemmy.radio 90 points 1 month ago

In my opinion, the world would be a better place if Google published the source code for each project they introduced, popularised, and discontinued.

Here's a list of the Google Graveyard:

[-] ForgottenUsername@lemmy.world 24 points 1 month ago

Fk that's a long list.

Geez I miss play music 😢

[-] fluckx@lemmy.world 19 points 1 month ago

I actually discovered some interesting things in google play music back in the day. The play random music button actually had a few golden moments too.

Spotify just..... Feeds me what I'm already listening too. The discover weekly suggestions are usually useless for me.

YouTube music is just worse than GPM too.

[-] Riven@lemmy.dbzer0.com 3 points 1 month ago

This was back in the day but I remember Pandora being good at discovery. There's cracked apks you can get so you don't get ads.

[-] BeMoreCareful@lemmy.world 3 points 1 month ago

Honestly, they made some sort of deal and then got access to major labels some years ago and lost a lot of its magic.

I did find some great stuff with Pandora back in the day though.

[-] ForgottenUsername@lemmy.world 2 points 1 month ago

YouTube music is just worse than GPM too.

In like every way, they really missed what was good about GPM.

And the way they constantly jam YouTube Music down your throat, demonstrates mistakes were made.

[-] SatyrSack@lemmy.one 2 points 1 month ago

I doubt that'd ever become standard for them. Parts of the code for these discontinued products often get cannibalized by other Google products.

doesn't most vpn user want to get rid of tracking and spying ? It would makes no sense for them to use Google vpn.

[-] Jako301@feddit.de 38 points 1 month ago

That's just your bubble. Most VPN users just want to circumvent geo restrictions.

Besides that, the general VPN "propaganda" is that it encrypts your traffic and no-one can see it. The average user gets baited by that and doesn't care to look further into it.

Yeah you're right, Forgot about this use case.

[-] Album@lemmy.ca 1 points 1 month ago

It makes just as much sense as most popular vpns. The main difference is you know you don't trust Google. Do you think something like nordvpn is any different? There's no guarantee for what they're doing either.

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[-] ryper@lemmy.ca 45 points 1 month ago

Maybe the news about the Windows client changing DNS settings was too much bad publicity?

A VPN would naturally route all your traffic through a secure tunnel, but you've still got to do DNS lookups somewhere. A lot of VPN services also come with a DNS service, and Google is no different. The problem is that Google's VPN app changes the Windows DNS settings of all network adapters to always use Google's DNS, whether the VPN is on or off. Even if you change them, Google's program will change them back.

[-] vinaya@api.clubsall.com 3 points 1 month ago

They removed \don't be evil\ from their code of conduct, so it is ok now. /s

[-] Grangle1@lemm.ee 29 points 1 month ago

A VPN run by Google is like a bank run by Bernie Madoff.

[-] chemicalwonka@discuss.tchncs.de -4 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

or a kindergarten run by Michael Jackson

[-] Pulptastic@midwest.social 4 points 1 month ago

He was messed up but I don't think he was a pedo. He loved kids but not in that way.

[-] chemicalwonka@discuss.tchncs.de 0 points 1 month ago

I agree with you I'm just kidding lol

[-] Vaggumon@lemm.ee 17 points 1 month ago

TIL Google had a VPN, nothing like trying to hold water in a siv.

[-] J230@lemmynsfw.com 5 points 1 month ago
[-] ABCDE@lemmy.world 15 points 1 month ago

Jamboard also, which a lot of my students still use at school.

[-] SlopppyEngineer@lemmy.world 10 points 1 month ago

Google products are always at risk if being killed. Then again, products from small companies are always at risk of being bought out and killed.

[-] KingThrillgore@lemmy.ml 2 points 1 month ago

Can't have shit from Google

[-] tja@sh.itjust.works 1 points 1 month ago

But jamboard was worse than all other whiteboard services. Since it did not get any new features for years it was just a matter of time it was going to be discontinued

[-] ABCDE@lemmy.world 2 points 1 month ago

It is/was integrated and simple for students to use and link to. What others do you like?

[-] april@lemmy.world 13 points 1 month ago

I liked that they had special privacy tech other VPNs don't have but they didn't allow you to choose the location so it was unusable for me.

I want my VPN location to be my actual location so that the weather app doesn't mess up and show the wrong city.

[-] Dark_Arc@social.packetloss.gg 6 points 1 month ago

Your weather app should be using your location services which should be based off GPS not your IP address?

[-] spikkedd@lemmy.world 6 points 1 month ago

Sometimes location services uses your Internet connection to figure out where you are. Imagine you're deep in a corporate building. GPS wouldn't work in there. In this case, IP-based location services to the rescue!

[-] Dark_Arc@social.packetloss.gg 3 points 1 month ago

That's fair

[-] Murdoc@sh.itjust.works 3 points 1 month ago

Shouldn't your app just let you pick the location?

[-] menixator@lemmy.dbzer0.com 13 points 1 month ago
[-] soratoyuki@lemmy.world 11 points 1 month ago

So, so I get a prorated refund on my Google One subscription, or...?

[-] autotldr@lemmings.world 7 points 1 month ago

This is the best summary I could come up with:


Google is shutting down its VPN by Google One service, according to a vague customer email seen by Android Authority, less than four years after it was rolled out in October 2020.

The email doesn’t specify when this will happen, only that the VPN service will be discontinued “later this year.”

Subscription prices for Google One’s VPN start at $1.99, with availability on Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows.

The company told 9to5Google that it is killing the service because “people simply weren’t using it.” Perhaps its customers were simply spoilt for choice, given this is actually one of three VPN services provided by Google alongside the VPN offerings still available via Google Fi, and Pixel devices from the Pixel 7 on up.

VPN by Google One is the latest offering to get tossed into the infamous “Google Graveyard” just weeks after the Google One cloud storage service announced it had hit a 100 million subscriber milestone.

Google mentioned in its shutdown email that the VPN was being phased out to “focus on providing the most in-demand features and benefits,” which may relate to all the Gemini AI stuff that the company is shoving into Google One.


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[-] astraeus@programming.dev 4 points 1 month ago

Almost as if the article was already written by AI 🤷‍♂️

[-] kratoz29@lemm.ee 1 points 1 month ago

You can't perfect perfection!

[-] vk6flab@lemmy.radio 4 points 1 month ago

Perhaps the author of this bot might prevent the automatic post if the savings are 0%.

[-] geogle@lemmy.world 4 points 1 month ago

Not sure.. Still saved me a spammy click

[-] kratoz29@lemm.ee 1 points 1 month ago

Yeah, still useful.

[-] dog_@lemmy.world 6 points 1 month ago
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