Back in 2011 Google Labs was discontinued on desktops. A home from experimental Google features, it allowed users to test them before being rolled out en masse. We’ve known for awhile that Labs was set to make a comeback on mobile, and it seems to already be appearing for some people.
Google closed the doors on Google Labs today. The ongoing projects aren’t disappearing; they’ll be absorbed into other departments, and many have already “graduated” into full-fledged products. The spirit and mission of the initiative will live on, just in a decidedly less centralised way.