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.