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Google may finally spinoff Photos and Hangouts from Google+

by Jacob Kleinman | February 27, 2015February 27, 2015 7:30 am PST

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Google’s social network will probably never be as popular as Facebook, but it still packs some powerful tools. We love how Google+ handles photos and we use Hangouts for messaging all the time. Now, it looks like the company may finally be ready to split those services off from the struggling social network.

In an interview with Forbes, Google boss Sundar Pichai confirmed that the company will start treating each service as a separate product, rather than lumping them altogether. “I think increasingly you’ll see us focus on communications [Hangouts], photos and the Google+ stream as three important areas,” he said.

Google+ executive Bradley Horowitz also chimed in with a comment on the company’s social network. “We’ve been working hard on these changes and I’m really excited about what these will mean for our users,” he wrote, suggesting that big updates for Hangouts and photos are already in the works.

It’s unclear when the first of these “changes” will go into effect, though hopefully it won’t be too long. Google could make an announcement next week at Mobile World Congress, or it might hold off until its own I/O developer event in May.

For now, you can check out the full interview via the source link below. Beyond Google+, Pichai also touches on the company’s relationship with Apple, China and its plans for Google Wallet.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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