Google farewells Schemer

Summary:The location-based discovery application is the latest service to be cut from Google's line-up.

Google has shut down another one of its services, this time the short-lived app that was ironically taglined "the beginning of everything worth doing".

From February 7, Google will shut down the largely unknown application, Schemer. Revealed at the end of 2011, it was meant to help users share the bucket lists of things they wanted to do or places they wanted to go.

Ideally, it would help users connect common interests, or draw on friends for inspiration. This functionality has since been replaced by the "Explore" feature in Google Maps. The developers behind Schemer have additionally suggested using Field Trip, another geo-location-supported discovery app developed by Google offshoot Niantic Labs.

Existing users now have until the February 7 deadline to request a download of any data they wish to have preserved. After this date, it will be permanently deleted.

The app has between 100,000 and 500,000 installs on the Google Play store, and has already been removed from Apple's App Store.

Topics: Google, Mobile OS, Mobility


A Sydney, Australia-based journalist, Michael Lee covers a gamut of news in the technology space including information security, state Government initiatives, and local startups.

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