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Google kills the Google Shopping app



Google kills the Google Shopping app

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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.

The Google Shopping app was launched just 1

9 months ago when it took over another shutdown of Google Shopping, Google Express. The Google Shopping service has been a rough proposition for users – starting in 2012, it was just an ad vector that showed only “paid lists” and no organic results at all. This made sense as a service that displayed ads in small boxes in the Google.com search results, but it was unclear why a user would download an app that only shows ads.

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.


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