I cannot help but feel like this is a step on the eventual phasing-out of Google's most recent attempt at a standalone social network, Google+. Until just recently, the company was doing all that they could to force it into each of their services; now, they give you a "no thanks" option when creating a Google account (for GMail, Google Docs, and so forth).
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Marketing Land claims to disagree. They expect that Google will "continue making subtle changes to the service" such as enhancements to Hangouts and Hangouts on Air, or even spinning out Google+ Photos. The thing is, these initiatives will not mean that they are supporting Google+; rather, it says that they are supporting the parts of it that worked. The article did not even mention actual Google+, the social network, as something that Google might consider updating — just Hangouts and other sub-products.
This all depends on what you consider "Google" to be. Not having a profile on a message-sharing service does not really change much, despite how it feels. The real point should be reducing the barrier-to-entry for cross-promotion. A unified login helps in reducing effort to acquire new users without any real risk. Forcing users into your ecosystem could help, if it does not shove them away.
And Google seems to care even less about keeping users in their eco-system with a limited communication and microblogging platform.
Google, The Real reason that
Google, The Real reason that there are no Tablets shipping with Full Linux OSs pre-installed! Leave it to GOOGLE to turn computing into more EYES looking at ads! Google, Turing computing into nothing more than watching the Boob tube, are your eyes tired yet!
I don’t see that they will be
I don’t see that they will be dumping G+ any time soon, as it has become a big part of the Android echosystem, giving developers a great way to interact with Beta testors. It has also become a great community for photographers, makers, and others who want need a dedicated community arround their conversations.