Report: Google's Cutting Back on Google+

By Chris Mills on at

Hot on the heels of yesterday's news that Google Plus mastermind Vic Gundotra is leaving the company, TechCrunch is now reporting that Google's changing its G+ strategy, moving most of the team over to Android and ending the era of Google Plus as a Facebook or Twitter competitor.

According to TechCrunch's "multiple sources", the focus from hereon will be on Google+ as a platform, not as a product. The most physical difference is that core teams -- like the Hangouts and Photos teams -- are being moved out of the building, and over to the Android team. In fact, the bulk of the 1,200 Google+ team are said to be moving over to departments, leaving a skeleton crew to manage Plus itself.

And, in a move that will probably prove popular with most of the internet, 'mandatory integration' with Google+ will allegedly come to an end, meaning that Google might stop ramming its social network down everyone's throats, and you can get back to YouTubing in anonymity and peace. [TechCrunch]