As Android smartphone users are only all too aware, Google+ is a major component of Google’s mobile strategy; fire-up a recent Android device for the first time, and if you’re not already a Google+ user, expect to be prompted time and time again to register as such. From chat to photo filters, Google+ is slowly making its presence felt across every corner of the Android experience. The Google+ project has been headed-up thus far by Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra (above, center), but in a surprise announcement this afternoon, Gundotra has revealed that he’s not just relinquishing the reigns of Google+, but leaving the company altogether. What might this spell for Google’s social future?
Chances are: not much in the way of changes. Google’s already revealed Gundotra’s successor, VP of Engineering for Google+ Dave Besbris. Promoting an existing member of the Google+ team like that should help ensure a smooth transition, and we’re likely to see future Google+ developments continue in much the same vein as past advancements.
Larry Page weighs-in on the news with his own post, congratulating Gundotra on all he’s accomplished while at Google over the years and assuring users that the company will “continue working hard to build great new experiences for the ever increasing number of Google+ fans.”