"“Google+ has always meant two things for us,” Pichai said. “There’s the stream in the product that you see.” But Google+ also provided a way for the company to ensure users were signed in to its services with “a common identity across our products,” he said. “The second part was in many ways even more important than the first part. That part has worked really well for us.”Exclusive: Sundar Pichai's Plan To Keep Google Almighty - Forbes
But Pichai said that two important parts of Google+, Photos and Hangouts, may soon be separated from the main product. “I think increasingly you’ll see us focus on communications, photos and the Google+ Stream as three important areas, rather than being thought of as one area,” he said."
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Exclusive: Sundar Pichai's Plan To Keep Google Almighty - Forbes
Excerpt from an extensive interview (full transcript here)