Google+ was never the popular kid in school, and it looks like Google is finally ready to give up on the project and break it apart into services that people might actually want to use.
After a few rumors came forth, mainly thanks to an interview with Sundar Pichai, it’s now official: Google+ will be broken up into services. The confirmation came from Bradley Horowitz who announced he’s now the head of Photos and Streams, two elements of G+ that have now been spun off.
Interestingly enough, Pichai mentioned in his interview that Stream, Photos and Hangouts were each seen as individual powerful products. So far we haven’t heard what Google plans to do with Hangouts, arguably one of the more popular aspects of G+, but we’re sure that the product is here to stay, perhaps in some integrated way with YouTube.
We’re bound to learn more today, as Google is hosting an event in the afternoon.
Source: Bradley Horowitz, Forbes