Google is officially killing the Shopping app in both Android and iOS. This is confirmed to 9to5Google, where Google said the Shopping tab in Google Search serves the same purpose, thus it’s impractical to maintain two of them. Users updating the dedicated Google Shopping app to v59 will see an error message when opened.
Google Officially Kills Shopping App
Google launched a dedicated Shopping app in 2019 to let their users have the streamlined experience of online shopping. It serves from looking into products to managing orders and reviewing them. Soon, Google made a web version of this and added it as a tab to its Search app.
This dedicated Shopping tab has the same functions, from browsing through the products from various retailers to learning details about them, and if interested, visiting the seller’s page to buy it. Also, Google made a dedicated price tracker know the price history of the product, and be alerted when needed.
The only change you may see between the mobile client and web tab is probably the UI, which has the navigation panel at the bottom in-app, and for a web app, it’s on left. Updating the app to v59, many see they’re greeted with an error message saying “Something went wrong” and ask users to try the web version.
To make a confirmation of this, 9to5Google asked Google for an explanation, and received a reply as below;
Within the next few weeks, we’ll no longer be supporting the Shopping app. All of the functionality the app offered users is available on the Shopping tab. We’ll continue building features within the Shopping tab and other Google surfaces, including the Google app, that makes it easy for people to discover and shop for the products they love.