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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.

Hugh Langley is the ex-News Editor of TechRadar. He had written for many magazines and websites including Business Insider, The Telegraph, IGN, Gizmodo, Entrepreneur Magazine, WIRED (UK), TrustedReviews, Business Insider Australia, Business Insider India, Business Insider Singapore and more.