Best of Google Labs: A Retrospective

As Google shuts down Google Labs, we look back at the many innovations the effort brought us, including Gmail, Google Goggles, Google Earth and Google Maps, among others.
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Best of Google Labs

After a long run full of successes and failures , Google announced on Wednesday it will ax its Labs. Google Labs was a place where the company's employees were encouraged to release early-stage projects that they developed under Google's policy of allowing the use of up to 20% of a work week for innovation.

We rounded up a few notable Google products that either had humble beginnings in the Labs initiative or are currently still a part of Labs. Let's start with Gmail.

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