Google Reader Leaves Labs, Learns Languages

    September 18, 2007

Google’s known for leaving “beta” tags hanging about for long periods of time, but today, the company pulled one of its products out of testing.  Behold: Google Reader is no longer in Labs, and it’s also gained support for a number of new languages.

I’ll let you count the languages for yourself; Google sort of goes overboard, in my opinion, by listing “English (UK),” but “Chinese (Traditional and Simplified)” probably could have been classified as two separate tongues.  Anyway, the other languages involved are German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and French.

As for the Google Labs development, Kevin Systrom, a product marketing manager, admits on the Official Google Blog, “It’s a small textual change, but we believe it solidifies our commitment to make reading blogs and news sites easier than ever.”

Also, the Official Google Reader Blog produced a strange sort of breakup letter to announce the adjustment . . .  I’m not at all sure what to make of it.

In any event, these occurrences come not long after Google Reader (finally) gained a search function, and, following a leaked presentation, there’s been a lot of discussion about what else may be in store for the software.