Google’s Cutting Back on Google+

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 sources, the focus from here on will be on Google+ as a platform.
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 forcing its social network on everyone, and you can get back to YouTubing in anonymity and peace.