Google Reader to stop on July 1

(Relaxnews) - Google is discontinuing a number of its services in a bid to refocus expertise and streamline its offerings, chief among them being its Google Reader and the desktop version of its Snapseed photo editing software for Windows and Mac users.

In a post on its official blog, Google claimed the decisions were part of its ongoing ‘spring clean' -- which began in 2011 and was intended to free up its workforce and its systems to focus on more important and popular services and business areas.

Google Reader, which aggregates users' RSS feeds and synchronizes with other products and services within Google Drive, will stop on July 1, while the desktop version of Snapseed is being withdrawn immediately to new customers.

However, there is no need to panic. Existing Snapseed users will still be able to download software updates and access Google support. As for Google Reader users, the company claims that by using its Google Takeout transfer service, they should be able to move their existing subscriptions seamlessly to any number of third-party reader apps or RSS services.

Google was also quick to assure customers that the Snapseed app is not going anywhere. The app, which offers photo editing, filters and effects and is available to iOS and Android device owners, has recently experienced a spike in popularity following the continuing fallout from Instagram's terms and conditions changes. Snapseed offers much of the same functionality as Instagram but has one major advantage, that the edited image doesn't have to be shared on a social media site and can instead be saved on the device. Its filters can also be applied to existing photos in an album. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS), 2013.