No more experiments; Say good bye to Google Labs

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Google CEO Larry Page
California, Jul 21: The internet giant Google has announced its plan to shut down the Google Labs, a website demonstrating and testing new Google projects.

With the closing down of Google Labs and some other Google projects, the California-based company is planning to give more importance to newly launched successful services like Google Plus, Commerce and Local.

Google announced axing plan through a blog post titled "More wood behind fewer arrows," referring Google CEO Larry Page's notes during the company's Q2 earning announcements.

"Last week we explained that we"re prioritizing our product efforts. As part of that process, we"ve decided to wind down Google Labs. While we"ve learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we"re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead," Google said in its blog.

"In many cases, this will mean ending Labs experiments—in others we"ll incorporate Labs products and technologies into different product areas."

Google calls Google Labs "a playground where our more adventurous users can play around with prototypes of some of our wild and crazy ideas and offer feedback directly to the engineers who developed them."

Google also uses an invitation-only phase for trusted testers to test projects including Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Wave and many of these have their own "labs" webpages for experimental projects unique to each product.

Google also said that many of the Labs products will continue to be available on Android Market.

Meanwhile, Google said that they are not planning to in-product experimentation channels like Gmail Labs or Maps Labs.

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