The Google outage killed Android phones, showing how fragile tech ecosystems are Android

Users of Google apps around the world were left in online limbo today (December 14) by a major outage that made the vast majority of the internet giant’s apps and services unusable. Google Maps was lost, Gmail was returned to sender, and Google One was gOne (some services may still be affected, depending on where you are).

Perhaps the hardest-hit part of Google’s online empire was its suite of Android apps. Google makes Android, the platform which many phone makers use, and it also makes lots of the apps that run on it, like Google Photos, Google News and more.