In an effort to boost Google+, Google announced that it will be splitting the service into two distinct services in a recent reorganization. Not only that, but it looks like product VP Bradley Horowitz will lead the newly reorganized Google+ endeavor. He will oversee the split with it dividing into Streams and Photos. This comes off a recent interview with Android and Chrome head, Sundar Pichai.
As he said in the interview, Google sees Photos, Streams and Hangouts as three important and separate products and Google will move each into three independent focuses. As Horowitz put it on Google+:
“Just wanted to confirm that the rumors are true — I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products! It’s important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products andhow they reach users.”
That said, we only know how this move correlates with Streams and Photos and what will happen to Hangouts is still up in the air. Given Google’s focus on making it an all-encompassing communications tool, it does carry a lot of weight in terms of importance for the search giant.