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Google to shut down Slide apps

Slide was working as a separate business unit within the company, and the iOS only apps launched by the division have not turned out as successful as was hoped, says a Slide blog post.

Google has decided to discontinue Slide apps which include Pool Party, Photovine and Disco, according to a report. Slide, the social gaming startup, was acquired by Google and was being run as an autonomous division. But the apps launched by the division were never given proper publicity by Google, though earlier it seemed to be part of the plan.

The Slide blog post says, “While we are incredibly grateful to our users and for all of the wonderful feedback over the years, many of these products are no longer as active or haven’t caught on as we originally hoped.”

So the apparent reason, as the blog post suggests, is clear. The Slide products have not turned out to be as successful as it was hoped, and an additional reason is the success of Google+, the social network and Facebook rival from Google. The blog post further says, “We will enable users to either download their photos or export them to a Picasa account. We are working to release this export feature over the coming weeks and, once added, users will have several months to take advantage of transferring their photos.”

The photo sharing feature provided by Google+ is in direct competition with the apps developed by Slide including Pool Party and Photovine.

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