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Bye Bye iGoogle

Google, maker of everything from search engines, Android OS to Glasses, has admitted to needing more “focus” —”or we end up doing too much and not having the impact.” (In other words even techies get worn out)

So to that end it has ditched 30 products including Google Mini, Google Video and Google Talk Chatback, announced on a blog.

But the big news is it has ditched iGoogle the customisable homepage launched in 2005 and used by millions.

iGoogle will be “retired” on November 1, 2013:

“We originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today’s web and mobile apps would put personalized, real-time information at your fingertips.

“With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for iGoogle has eroded over time, so we’ll be winding it down,” said Matt Eichner, General Manager, Global Enterprise Search.

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iGooglers have 18 months to export their data.

The Android creator giant is also ditching Nokia’s Symbian Search App “to focus our efforts on our mobile web search experience”.

Other casualties include:

The Google Mini introduced in 2005 “had a good run” but Google Search now does the job better, Google Talk Chatback (that allowed websites to embed a ‘Talk’ widget so that they could communicate) is “outdated” and replaced with Meebo bar, says Eichner.

Google Video is to be moved to YouTube and users have until August 20 to migrate, delete or download their content.

This comes as the tech giant looks to increase use of in-house Android apps and has just announced update Jelly Bean 4.1, as well as releasing Google Chrome for Apple iOS.