RIP Google's built-in countdown stopwatch/timer

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I imagine that you can do that through Google Assistant, which is a highly supported API, until it isn’t.

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Here is one decent replacement. (i’m sure there are several others; possibly with more ads)

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Google’s enthusiasm for killing useful applications is deeply weird.

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Arrested Development Dancing GIF

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Timers are probably what I use Alexa for the most.

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Is there a similar site that shows useful Google applications that still exist? Because I tend to hear about the most useful ones shortly before they’re cancelled.

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Yes. Google.com.

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Very fitting, but no :heart: because I hate this song.

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Fair enough.

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I was in the Google VR group for a few years (before I couldn’t stand working for big G any longer) and it’s weird to see stuff I worked on or was adjacent to in the Google Graveyard. I still have a basically-nonfunctional Tango tablet and a blue Google-Mattel crossover viewmaster headset.

Sad to see TiltBrush on there, too. One of the few genuinely-good VR apps.

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I still use the math feature quite a bit. Gas mileage, daily stock gains and losses, whatever. Love it.

So far, it still works for me.

The timer just links to a bunch of websites that are timers, wake-up alarms, and things like that. (Of course, that only happens because I have the Assistant disabled)

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I stopped using the timer feature months ago when, for whatever reason, it wouldn’t play audio when the countdown reached 0.

I now use Timer, seconding the recommendation above, when I don’t just use the timer feature on my phone.

I wish these articles would offer up alternatives, G isn’t the only search engine that can do this.

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that did nothing for me sad to say. only brought up links to timer websites

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Yeah, same. You got to type it in yourself i guess.

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This is very sad. I use the timer and countdown almost every day.
I guess I’ll have to go old-school and buy a stopwatch now.