Google is cleaning up its services once again and has set its sights on its Google Reader. Launched back in 2005, the RSS aggregator service will be discontinued on Jul 1st, 2013. According to Google, usage of Google Reader has declined and the company is trying to focus on fewer products to produce a better user experience. As such Google has given users a three-month period to find an alternative RSS aggregator and it is also offering users a way to export their Reader content, including lists of people you follow and items you may have starred or liked.
Google Reader isn’t the only service getting the axe either, as the company will be ending support for the Google Voice app for BlackBerry smartphones, directing users instead toward the HTML5 web app. It will also stop selling and updating desktop versions of its Snapseed photo editing app as well as a number of APIs.
A number of users may be affected by the shutdown of services such as the Google Voice app integration for BlackBerry, but a large number of users have expressed their dismay at Google’s decision to shut down Google Reader. Some have suggested alternatives such as NetVibes, Feedly, and many others but it will still not be the same experience that they have come to know. A few apps actually rely on or are powered by Google Reader so either they change things up like Feedly has done or they will be put out to pasture as well.