The Google Readerpocalypse is finally upon us. Google has outed the death date for its Reader product today, along with a bunch of its API products.
Google software engineer Alan Green posted the news to the Reader Blog today:
We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.
There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.
To ensure a smooth transition, we’re providing a three-month sunset period so you have sufficient time to find an alternative feed-reading solution. If you want to retain your Reader data, including subscriptions, you can do so through Google Takeout.
Thank you again for using Reader as your RSS platform.
Google will kill a bunch of its other products, too. Here’s what’s on the chopping block:
• Google Cloud Connect plug-in will be shut down from April 30
• CalDAV API will be shut-down for non-whitelisted developers as of September 16
• Ending support for Google Voice For BlackBerry from next week
• Ending support and updates for Snapseed for Mac and Windows from today.