If Google+ has seen any sort of enthusiasm over the past couple of years, it’s thanks to photos. Google+ has some nice photo features, but there’s a problem – it’s all tied to Google+. The social network aspect of Google+ hasn’t been the most successful venture in the company’s history, to say the least.
More evidence of that comes today, as Bloomberg reports that Google is poised to reveal its standalone photo sharing and storing service. According to sources, Google will unveil it at the Google I/O developers conference.
According to Bloomberg, Google’s new photo service will play nice with popular social networks and easily let users share photos to Facebook and Twitter.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this. Last fall, reports said that Google wanted to spin off its photo service and free it from the ties of Google+. Of course, any new Google photo service will still work with Google+ – but it would also allow people who aren’t too keen on the social networking aspects of Google+ to share and store photos.
In March, Google’s Sundar Pichai pretty much confirmed that Google wants to separate Photos from Google+.
Google Photos head Bradley Horowitz also referenced that change was on the horizon.
“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 and how they reach users,” he said in a March Google+ post.
Meanwhile, Google continues to insist that Google+ is very much alive.