Google inadvertently throws some fuel on that “rumored death of Google+” fire


A bit under a month ago, we shared with you a pretty controversial rumor, suggesting that Google could be thinking about making some major changes to Google+ concerning the role the social network would hold in the company’s broader strategy. Specifically, we heard that Google might downplay the extent to which Google+ and all its social interactions would be pushed upon users, and it might instead evolve into something more like a universal sign-in; really, a lot like Google accounts before Google+ came around in the first place. While we’re far from getting confirmation of this theory, the just-released schedule for Google I/O 2014 sure isn’t doing anything to dissuade suspicion.

The problem is, as the guys over at Droid Life noticed, there’s a conspicuous absence of anything Google+ from the published schedule. There’s plenty of Android, and plenty of Google cloud services, but nothing specifically about Google+. That contrasts with even last year’s I/O, where attendees could go to Google+ event after Google+ event all day long.

Google has tried to stem rumors arising from the release of this schedule by insisting that it’s incomplete and that more I/O sessions will be revealed in the weeks leading up to the conference. At the same time, however, it doesn’t specifically address this interpretation that the current absence of G+ sessions serves as evidence of the service’s decline, nor does it confirm that G+ sessions will be among those it announces at a later date.

For the moment, this is all circumstantial, but the utter lack of attention for Google+ in the published schedule is pretty odd for us to just ignore.

Source: Google
Via: Droid Life

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!