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Google+ may be on death row as division head jumps ship

Google+ boss's exit prompts rumours of Google+'s untimely demise
Google+? Google minus, more like

Vic Gundotra, the head of Google+, has announced that he will be departing Google, leaving a big question mark over the future of G's social network.

While he stayed on-brand by announcing his move on Google+, some sources speaking to TechCrunch reveal that the future isn't very bright for G's social network at all.

Apparently Google is pulling back on Google+ and will no longer consider the service to be one that competes with Facebook and Twitter. Google's crusade to integrate Google+ into every product will also, allegedly, come to an end.


According to these sources, 1000-1200 employees will be moved to other divisions, the Hangouts team will go to Android, and the Google+ photo team are supposedly likely to follow soon after.

If this is true, Google sees its future lying with Android, not Google+. We've contacted Google for comment on the matter and will update when we hear more.

Google+ is not dead, but according to the report Google's teams will go forward treating + as a platform to be taken advantage of, but not a product to be forced on anyone.