Google Video Player Gets Played
Back before Google plopped down more than $1.6 billion for YouTube in 2006, the company flirted with online video in a different way: launching its own stand-alone video player. The Google Video Play was a basic desktop application that was easy to use and performed its intended task of playing Web videos. However, the application didn't really do anything special beyond the already entrenched video players like Windows Media Player and Quicktime and only served to add yet another media format that users had to navigate. Google dropped the application in 2007 along with the Google Video File (.gvi) format.