RIP to the Google Shopping app. XDA discovered a hidden closing message in the app on Thursday and late on Friday, Google confirmed to 9to5Google that the Shopping app is on its way out. Here is the company’s statement:
Within the next few weeks, we will no longer support the Shopping app. All the features that the app offered to users are available on the Shopping tab. We continue to build features on the Shopping tab and other Google Surfaces, including the Google app, which makes it easy for people to discover and shop the products they love.
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In April 2020, Google Shopping abandoned the “paid lists only” policy and began listing everyone who signed up for the “Google Merchant Center”. Merchant Center has resellers who generate and send Google a product data feed that is used for the search results. This means that Google Shopping is still not a spider-powered search engine like Google Search is. Google search makes it best to find, catalog, and index world data, while Google Shopping does not go out of its way to index the Internet; it only cares about companies that send it data feeds. This can lead to sadly inadequate lists for some searches, especially for companies that Google does not like. For example, a search for “Amazon Echo” will never show an Amazon.com result in the Shopping search results (however, Amazon is welcome to purchase an ad).
Google’s statement says that the primary interface for Google Shopping will now be the shopping tab on Google.com, which in turn is a bit strange for a product that is not an indexed organic search result. But Google Shopping has always been a weird product since Froogle’s death.