Mobile iGoogle Goes Away, Google Listen to Follow

Not long ago I wrote about Google’s plans to kill iGoogle in 2013 and it was met with howls of protest.  What I didn’t know at the time was that the mobile version was scheduled to go away much sooner than the web-based one.  In fact, if you were using it on a smartphone or tablet then you were probably surprised on August 1st because July 31st was the official end.

The announcement was made via a little seen Google Help Center article.  In addition to this news was one that hits a bit closer to home for GNC – Google’s great poscast app for Android, known as “Listen”, will be going away soon.  The search component will cease working on November 1st of this year.  According to Google, users will still be able to “access your podcast subscriptions in Google Reader in the ‘Listen Subscriptions’ folder and download them from the Import/Export tab.”

Finally, Google will also be killing off Google Video for Business as well as some of the 150+ blogs that the search giant currently maintains.