Most of Google+ development team shifted to Android

Posted on Friday, Apr 25 2014 @ 12:14 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Despite big efforts on Google's part to force everyone to use Google+, the search giant's social network never really reached critical mass and now it seems the role of Google+ will be significantly diminished. TechCrunch reports Vic Gundotra, basically the creator of Google+ and the project's leader, is leaving Google after eight years with the company. It's unclear where he's going nor do we know what this means for Google+ but TechCrunch says the social network is now basically walking dead.

According to two sources, Google reshuffled the teams that used to form the core of Google+. This group consists of up to 1,200 employees and a large part of them will now be working on Android related projects. The search giant claims the news has no impact on the company's Google+ strategy but considering the project leader is gone and most of the project's resources have been stripped away this is a bit hard to believe.
Google+ is and always has been about turning every Google user into a signed-in Google user, period. If true, these changes dovetail with that focus going forward, with Google+ acting as a backbone rather than a front-end service. That being said, there are a ton of really interesting things going on in Google+ like its efforts in imaging. Having the photos team integrate the technologies backing Google+ photos tightly into the Android camera product, for instance, could be a net win for Android users.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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