Tech giant Google has decided to bid adieu to another one of its apps this year. This time, it is Trusted Contacts. The app will be shunted out of the Google PlayStore from December 1, 2020, as per a report by Android Police.
Trusted Contacts was launched in 2016 and was updated with some features too over the years. But now Google thinks that it has run its course and reportedly decided to discontinue it. As of now, the app has been pulled off from both Google Play Store and Apple App Store. For existing users, the app will work until December 1, 2020. After that, it will “stop being supported”. Those who have it and have been using it to share their location info with a trusted group of family and friends have until December 1 to download the list of them.
Google killed over 20 apps and service in 2019 some of which are Google+, Inbox by Gmail, Google URL Shortener, Google Allo, Chromecast Audio, YouTube Gaming, Areo, YouTube Messages, Google DayDream, Google Clips, Google Trips, Blog Compass, Google Spotlight Stories and Google Cloud Messaging among others.
Recently, rumours about Google putting its video calling app Duo to rest also surfaced. A report by 9to5Google claimed that Javier Soltero, the head of G Suite, relayed to the employees that two apps for video calling weren’t required, referring to Google Meet, that has seen an uptick in popularity ever since the coronavirus lockdown was enforced around the world. Meet was launched as Google’s answer to Zoom and comes integrated with the Gmail platform. The report claimed the Duo and Meet apps could be merged into a single app as “Duet”.
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