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5 simple reasons why Google Wave got discontinued!!


Google said Good-bye to one more product. But this product which created much hype => Google Wave!

Google today said that it will discontinue its active development efforts for Google Wave and possibly merge its technology into other products. The decision arrives somewhat unexpected as Google promoted the communication platform heavily through its developer blog. Google seems to be killing off projects lately more quickly and we wonder whether Buzz will be next.

Google Wave was an online software application product from Google, which Google described as “a new web application for real-time communication and collaboration”. It was first announced at the Google I/O conference on May 27, 2009. It is a web-based service, computing platform, and communications protocol designed to merge e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and social networking.

Wave, a real time messaging platform, was unveiled in May 2009 to an enthusiastic crowd of developers at the Google I/O event in San Francisco. Well below are the few reasons why Google Wave didn’t make any impact,

  1. Slow loading as compared to Gmail
  2. As there were many customizable widgets in Google Wave, the loading time was bit more when compared with Gmail.

  3. No integration between Gmail and Wave
  4. Wave users were having separate ID for waving. Because of this, there was no link/integration between Gmail and Wave. Its of no use having 2 Google ID!!

  5. Lack of explanation how user can make best out of wave
  6. We accept there were many videos to explain about Google Wave. But none of them convince the normal user to start the Wave.


  7. No draft!
  8. If any new wave(mail) is not sent, they used to get saved in inbox as there was no draft feature. Lack of draft feature really made users go mad when differentiating new mail and the not sent mail!


  9. Complex GUI
  10. As the contents inside the wave page was customizable, users didn’t understand many things. The scroll bar used in many parts were not at all smooth as well.

We Suggest: Google Office blog on Google wave

These are the few reasons why Google waved bye-bye to Wave! Due to these reasons many users didn’t feel like using Wave at all.

“We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects,” the executive wrote.

The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation that Google Wave began.

But end of the day Google had to take few tough decisions for itself. They can’t keep the product when it is not making any sense. Orkut also one of the product which is just standing on the tip of the mountain because loyal users from India and Brazil, else Google would have said bye-bye to Orkut by now.

Many are saying Google is all set to delete Buzz product from its list as well. But as of now Google wave is deleted already!

Anything to share? Use our comment box 🙂 Waved 😛


10 thoughts on “5 simple reasons why Google Wave got discontinued!!”

  1. Whiztechy says:

    When Wave was introduced everyone was very excited to use it but now one even seem to talk about it anymore and I totally agree will all your points which resulted in kinda failure of Wave.

    1. Vinay Gowda says:

      Google wave is one of the biggest flop by Google! Hope they will take this as a lesson and come back strongly with other products 🙂

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Sterling says:

    Gwave needs to undergo a bit of an overhaul, yes, but I don't think it should be scrapped.

    It's a VERY useful tool that needs to be streamlined and give the user greater control of what they want and need.

    The user needs the ability to remove options. While all the plug-ins were very nice, they needed to be done in a fashion similar to Google Labs.

    I will agree that GWave was not marketed properly. For writers in a critique group it's a wonderful tool.
    For businesses it provided a cheap "whiteboard" program that all could easily get access to.

    For the gaming community it was a minor godsend. Could game with friends from across the world in real time.

    So much potential there that was poorly utilized. I hope that it gets revamped and soon.

    1. Vinay Gowda says:

      Hi Sterling,

      Thanks a lot for sharing about Google Wave 🙂 This are the best points which caused Wave to Fail!!

  3. Lalit says:

    I had questioned the positioning of Wave considering GMail was strong and it was impossible to displace it, at best it could have been an uprade.

    1. Vinay Gowda says:

      You are right Lalit. I agree with your point. Google made internal fight between Gmail and Wave.

      A big mistake by Google. Thanks for sharing your point 🙂

  4. DEN @ Dreamhost Coup says:

    From the first day I had problem using wave but the interface is really nice

  5. Bishwajeet says:

    I was quite excited about it when I first saw it ,but no one used it after the initial hype

  6. Brindes says:

    For me the main reason Wave got discontinued was the 3rd one. People just didn't know what to do with Wave.

    In the end the wave just looked like a more complex way of doing the same thing people have been doing with E-mail and Social Network sites like facebook.

  7. Vladimir Kobzev says:

    Very clear explanations. I will use it for our study.

    In additional, it is a problem when wave getting very large. Especially difficult to make a question in the definite place to definite user.
    And also big problem with bad search engine in GW (so strange for google project)

    On the other side GW have a real great functions. And we use it about two years. And we resolved most of GW drawbacks with chrome extension, robot and gadget.

    And by the way today a lot of people still use GW. And wave idea still lives on, at lest in our project.

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