We’ve returned to the end of another year, and another twelve months of some quite outstanding tech. We saw Apple launch the M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. Phison launched a brand-new PCIe controller making it possible for unbelievably quick SSDs like the Corsair MP600 Pro XT, and Intel lastly struck back versus AMD’s rising Ryzen processors.
But in the middle of all the highlights, 2021 likewise offered us some unfortunate farewells. Some were storied items cherished by numerous, while others were stopped working experiments, or products that we hardly understood existed.
Here’s our take a look at The Tech We Lost, 2021 Edition.
When it pertains to ruthlessly cutting excess items no business can match Google. There weren’t any huge surprises this year, however Google did dispatch a couple of things. The business discarded text forwarding for Google Voice, though this one was more the fault of the providers than Google, as they began obstructing messages from being forwarded. The Google Home Max was retired in late 2020 (aka practically 2021), and Plex, a mobile-first checking account explore Citibank that was revealed however never ever introduced, was exterminated in October2021
Google Loon, the business’s Internet balloons task that was spun off in 2018, cruised off into the horizon never ever to return. Google Shopping mobile apps gave up the field, and Feedburner, Google’s RSS management service, entered into upkeep mode with services like e-mail memberships and advanced analytics ceased. You can still utilize Feedburner in the meantime, however who understands the length of time that will last?
Android Auto no longer deals with more recent phones as it’s been changed by Google Assistant’s Driving Mode. Google Play Movies and television took a last bow in favor of YouTube, and Google stopped offering Cardboard hardware– to be truthful this task was constantly something of a vision.
Google FLoC, the business’s most questionable experiment in ages, likewise had a short-term life. While not formally dead, Google FLoC as it was initially developed will not be returning. Rather, as an outcome of public feedback, Google prepares to revamp the non-tracking user-tracking program.
There were even more Google deaths in 2021 than we might ever sum up here, however if you wish to see more things that suffered at the hands of the huge G, take a look at the Killed By Google site.
Office for Android on Chromebooks
In 2021, Microsoft chose that utilizing its Android apps on Chromebooks simply wasn’t an excellent concept any longer. The business has actually now shunted Chromebook users to Office’s web apps, stating they use a more laptop-optimized experience than the Android apps.
Alienware Graphics Amplifier
Turning your laptop computer into a video gaming powerhouse is remarkably simple with an external GPU. Dell was among the very first business to jump into these DIY video gaming set-ups with its eGPU dock, the Alienware Graphics Amplifier– however in 2021, that experiment concerned an end. The Verge was the very first to identify this when it saw Dell’s exclusive port that the Graphics Amplifier needs was missing out on from more recent laptop computers. Now that hooking external GPUs into laptop computers through Thunderbolt is far more typical, this death wasn’t truly unexpected, however put one out for a leader.
Windows 10 X ‘d
For a quick duration, Microsoft believed it would be an excellent concept to develop a stripped-down variation of Windows called Windows 10 X for dual-screen gadgets (particularly the Surface Neo, a double-display folding tablet). 10 X was moved to an OS for single-screen gadgets and seen as a prospective replacement for Windows 10 in S Mode. No more. Windows 10 X lost its uniqueness and was absorbed back into the Windows cumulative, relatively acting as a structure for Windows 11’s style. (That most likely describes why the Windows 11 taskbar is such a mess.)
Persicope consigned to the depths
Not to be excluded of the death celebration, Twitter eliminated among its items in2021 Periscope closed down in March2021 Gotten by Twitter in 2015 in reaction to the upstart Meerkat, Periscope was an app that let you stream your life survive on Twitter. Regardless of popular early adoption it’s been basically unnoticeable for several years, with Twitter Live being the business’s favored alternative. In 2021, Twitter Live’s supremacy was made authorities and Periscope faded into oblivion.
Oculus Rift S
The last Oculus headset that needed to be connected to a PC disappeared this year. The Oculus Rift S vanished from the proto-metaverse, leaving its untethered cousins who provide a more constant experience, like the Oculus Quest 2 with its 2K/90 Hz screens. The Rift S will continue to be supported for a couple of more years, so if you currently have one you must still get some usage out of it prior to it’s simply another paperweight.
Optane Desktop SSDs
Intel bid farewell in 2021 to its extremely quick Optane drives that utilize basic PCIe ports. It’s a little a loss for PC lovers, however with second-generation PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD blowing our minds it’s not the hugest loss on the planet.
It was a gorgeous concept: Bring Minecraft into the real life, comparable to those early demonstrations of Hololens, however with your phone rather of a headset. The concept never ever actually captured on thanks in no little part to the pandemic avoiding individuals moving about the world, therefore Minecraft Earth headed for the sundown in 2021.
LG deserts Android
LG chose it wasn’t worth playing the mobile video game any longer and terminated its line of Android phones in2021 LG made a couple of great designs throughout the years, however the business felt its time was much better invested in other places such as the wise house, robotics, AI, and electrical automobile elements.
Apple stated in March that it would quit on the full-sized Apple HomePod for its wise house aspirations, concentrating on the more budget-friendly HomePod Mini rather. The business likewise bid adios to the iMac Pro that exact same month, and numerous anticipated an M1-based all-in-one computer system to take its location. While we’ve seen a 24- inch M1 iMac there hasn’t been anything greater powered yet, though report has it an M1 iMac Pro will make a look in 2022.
Grab bag of doom
A couple of other pieces of tech captured our notification heading their method to the graveyard of oblivion in2021 Logitech quit on its Harmony Remote, Yahoo Answers passed away, and the PlayStation Store stopped offering films and television programs. Amazon Pantry went stagnant, moving whatever over to Amazon Fresh, and the very first 2 Kindles that relied on Edge networks to get their material lost assistance.
Dates with fate
A couple of business likewise used sneak peeks of products that will be cast into the fantastic unidentified in the coming years. Microsoft stated Windows 10 will go off to reside on a really good farm in2025 Verizon and AT&T are set to quit on 3G networks in 2022, and 2022 will likewise be completion for Internet Explorer, a web internet browser that has actually been both a true blessing and a curse to the World Wide Web.
Pour one out for all our departed gizmos and services that left us in2021 And here’s to 2022, when no doubt we’ll state a huge farewell to more of the tech we liked.
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Ian is an independent author based in Israel who has actually never ever satisfied a tech topic he didn’t like. He mainly covers Windows, PC and video gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, socials media, and internet browsers. When he’s not covering the news he’s dealing with how-to ideas for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.
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