What the Google+ chief exit might mean

|By:, SA News Editor

"Today's news has no impact on our Google+ strategy - we have an incredibly talented team that will continue to build great user experiences across Google+, Hangouts and Photos," says a GOOG representative, responding to the idea that Google+ chief Vic Gundotra's exit means the service is essentially no longer attempting to compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter.

Techcrunch reports the Google Hangouts team will be moving to the Android team, and photos is likely to follow. "Basically, talent will be shifting away from the Google+ kingdom and towards Android as a platform." It's not clear where the rest of the team will go, but Larry Page could follow the lead of Mark Zuckerberg and send the bulk of the group to mobile roles, signaling a major acceleration of mobile in general, rather than Google+.

Previously: Google+ chief leaving Google