Saturday, July 23, 2011

google lab is no more

Google lab was the place which gave birth too many memorable things-google map being one of them.Google employees were allowed to invest 20% of their working time in these projects.This feature is no more.Google announced this 2 days back.The driving force behind this closure is probably the huge demand and success of google plus;but that is a mere speculation on my part.
According to google--
Last week we explained that we’re prioritizing our product efforts. As part of that process, we’ve decided to wind down Google Labs. While we’ve learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we’re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead.

In many cases, this will mean ending Labs experiments—in others we’ll incorporate Labs products and technologies into different product areas. And many of the Labs products that are Android apps today will continue to be available on Android Market. We’ll update you on our progress via the Google Labs website.

We’ll continue to push speed and innovation—the driving forces behind Google Labs—across all our products, as the early launch of the Google+ field trial last month showed.
There is one good thing though--this does not mean the end of in-product experimentation channels like Gmail Labs or Maps Labs.