Google Reportedly Set to End Forced Google+ IntegrationCategory: Internet
Posted: April 25, 2014 01:03PM
Yesterday, Google's head of Google+, Vic Gundotra, announced he was resigning his position and offered little explanation as to why. Now we may have an idea as to why Gundotra left, as it appears Google is severely backing away from Google+'s original strategy. According to a report, the company no longer sees it as competition to the likes of Facebook and Twitter, and will end Google+'s forced integration with its products. However, the reduced focus of Google+ does mean anywhere between 1,000 and 1,200 employees will be changed to different divisions within the company. The Google Hangouts team will most likely be moved over to Android, as will the Google+ photo team, and various other teams will see similar shifts.
All of this has not been confirmed by Google, as both a spokesperson for the company and its CEO Larry Page denied any change in Google+'s strategy despite Gundotra's departure. This could just be the typical statement made when any company loses a division head, but it could also just be Google stalling for time as it figures out exactly what to do with Google+. If it actually is true that Google+ is being severely trimmed down, odds are plenty of people will just be happy its forced integration will go by the wayside.