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Google+ officially splits into Photos and Streams under new leadership

by Jacob Kleinman | March 2, 2015March 2, 2015 7:00 am EST

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Last week Google hinted it was ready to spinoff its photo editing and management tools from the rest of Google+. Now the company is finally making things official with an announcement separating the social network into two separate products called Photos and Streams.

Both services will be managed by Google VP of product Bradley Horowitz, who confirmed the news on Google+ (what the company will apparently call Streams moving forward). He’ll take over leadership from David Bresbis, who lasted less than a year in the position following Vic Gundotra’s unexpected exit.

“Just wanted to confirm that the rumors are true,” wrote Horowitz last night. “I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products! It’s important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users.”

We’re excited to see what Google does with Photos moving forward. It’s already a pretty great service, but now the company should be able to rollout new features even faster than before. Meanwhile, it looks like the rest of Google+ isn’t going anywhere just yet, though it will be interesting to see what happens to Streams under Horowitz’s control.

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...