Google said yesterday that it is no longer accepting new projects for Google Code, revealing that it plans to shut down the project hosting platform in January 2016. 

Google Code becomes one of many Google technologies to be discontinued and join the "Google Graveyard". 

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The Silicon Valley tech behemoth said it is shutting down the developer platform due to declining usage and strong competition from hosting platforms such as GitHub and Bitbucket. 

"As developers migrated away from Google Code, a growing share of the remaining projects were spam or abuse. Lately, the administrative load has consisted almost exclusively of abuse management," wrote Google open-source director Chris DiBona in an official blog post. "After profiling non-abusive activity on Google Code, it has become clear to us that the service simply isn't needed anymore."

Google itself no longer uses Google Code, which was launched in 2006, with DiBona adding that the company has moved nearly a thousand of its own open source projects to GitHub. 

The company said it will share its own GitHub and Bitbucket migration tools with other developers who have built their open source projects on Google Code. GitHub and Bitbucked have also pledged to lend their support. 

Google Code will become read-only on August 24, before being completely shut down on January 25, 2016. 

However, Google plans to make downloadable files of open source documentation avaialble for the duration of 2016 and the company said it will continue to provide hosting for its best-known open source projects, Android and Chrome. 

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