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Google+ is Completely Missing From Google I/O 2014 (Updated: So Far?)

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Remember the story that surfaced shortly after Google+ head Vic Gundotra announced that he was leaving Google – you know, the one about Google dialing back Google+ and reducing its importance? Actually, I think the report stated that the service was close to being dead, something Google “vehemently” denied. Well, take it for what it’s worth, but the Google I/O 2014 schedule fails to mention the social network at all. As in, doesn’t mention it once, nor is it even listed as a potential topic to be discussed. Google+ is apparently not a part of Google’s developer conference. 

To help you understand how odd this is, take a look at the schedules from 2012 and 2013. If you do a quick page search on either of those, you will come up with eight hits in 2012 and 20 in 2013. There is also a dedicated filter/track for Google+ at both as well. In fact, in 2013, the track pull-down is laid out in what we would assume is top-to-bottom, level of importance topics, with Google+ sitting at number 3, just below Android and Chrome. In 2012, the list is alphabetized. Google+ is not listed as a track in 2014.

You will also remember Vic Gundotra leading Google+ sessions during the keynotes at I/O the last couple of years. While we don’t have the schedule of this year’s keynote, is it safe to guess that Google+ won’t be a part of it? Why would Google show off new Google+ features and then not have sessions dedicated to them over the next couple of days? You tell me.

The only mention of Google+ I could find in any of the sessions referenced an employee that used to work on Google+, but has since joined Android Wear.

Tough to tell what this means. We have reached out to Google for comment and will update should we hear back.

In the mean time, feel free to decide for yourself if this something Google+ users should be worried about or not.

Update:  Google has told us to “sit tight,” as today’s schedule is only the first set of sessions to be announced. More will come over the coming weeks, which could mean special sessions dedicated to G+, though they didn’t specifically say that. Something seems odd about the situation, but we will indeed sit tight.

Cheers Walter!
  • Tim Martin

    Just wondering what Google’s response is now that it’s been a few weeks…

  • http://google.com/+mariblack Mari Black

    Google+ is not dying and anybody who says it doesn’t know anything. If Orkut still lives so will Google+. The fact is, marketers won’t always be sucking on Facebook; some are even treating them. Facebook screwed up and is in a situation that makes them really vulnerable, Google with their vast resources can easily use that to their advantage. Facebook’s huge user base doesn’t stop other social networks from growing(unlike YouTube), just look at the competition. Facebook may declime and become like MySpace and let Google gain another monopoly lol.

  • Tomek G

    I liked G+ at first, but became painful once it was forced to use it for any google services. I used to like my google talk based on my contacts in phone, except for G+ circles. Cannot share realtime location with friend (latitude) because that functionality was shoved into awkward G+. The list goes on.

  • HarvesterX

    Google+ was a great idea but the problem is that Google was too late to the party. I have had no luck getting any main stream friends to use it over Facebook. In fact, I don’t even have it installed anymore and it’s sad. No reason to keep it installed really.. :(

    I hate Facebook with a passion.

  • 4g63mark

    I will be SOOOO HAPPY when Google+ is completely dead and gone. Google+ has ruined my Android experience, as well as ruined COUNTLESS YouTube users experience. As a matter of fact, I’m still anxiously awaiting the availability of Ubuntu Touch for Verizon phones. ANY Verizon phone. I don’t care what the specs are. Google is extremely intrusive and Google+ represents the bulk of that invasive intrusion………. Come on Ubuntu. We are anxiously awaiting your arrival.

  • Eric Ramos

    I honestly use it as much as facebook. I don’t have any of my FB friends that post there but I use it mostly for tech news and youtube and I find it way more engaging cuz all I do on facebook is read my feed and rarely comment.

  • roxyperez001

    To be honest, I’ll be happy when Google+ is gone. http://goo.gl/nGh94t

  • MacNificent

    The only way to know how g+ really works is to get on it and spread the word to friends and family. I just can’t get with people knocking it and they haven’t even really given it a chance. And for those that disable Google apps like hangouts outs and apps with the word play….why do you have an android phone? Just curious..

    • Chris

      you can spread it around like a disease all you want. people still wont join if no one they personally know isn’t on it.

      I’ve been an Android user since 2010, LONG before they even had the “play store” or “play apps” (it was just android market back then) and everyone was fine then.

      Android ios about choice, you do not have to use google branded apps if you do not want to.

  • yummy

    Lets see, kill g+, and stop shoving stuff down our throats in general. That would be a hell of a step in the right direction, Ivy

  • eilegz

    i guess forcing people to use g+ didnt work as intended…

    what a mess

  • BillySuede

    i’ll take facebook every single day and twice on sunday. if google + were as ubiquitous as facebook, the same complaints levied against facebook would be thrown google’s way. it’s the nature of the beast. i say this as someone who also uses google + as well.

    • AbbyZFresh

      With your statement said. So why do you still use G+ while claiming FB is more productive?

      Just delete it.

      • BillySuede

        never said i didn’t use google plus or have an issue with it. nor did i say it was more productive, i stated a preference.

        don’t inject your personal anti-facebook bias into what i wrote. thanks.

    • Chris

      been an facebook user since 2007, an active one since early 2010 and I have no real issues with it. People just need to learn how to use social networking right.

  • Droid Ronin

    I am surprised that G+ outprioritized YouTube at last years I/O.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Meh…. Will have time for more important stuff.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Like going on FB right?

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Like talking about more important things at I/O.

        • Chris

          exactly. Android, new and improved google services that are not shoved in peoples faces

  • Droid Ronin

    IMO, G+ is a better built social network than Facebook, in terms of UI and ease of use. But as we all know, its major pitfall is that no one is really on it. The only active people that I’m following are folks that I don’t even know.

    • AbbyZFresh

      This is a case where Google was simply too late to the market. By 2011 far too many businesses had already established themselves on FB and Twitter.

    • Jpx

      Totally agree. I actually really like it, but its useless without a community

      • AbbyZFresh

        There are many different types of active communities catered to your personal common interests. Take a look.

        https://plus.google.com/communities

        • Jpx

          should have put “my personal community” aka my friends…

    • Tom

      75 people have me in ‘cicles’ on Google+. Just as an experiment, I decided to randomly click on the profiles of about 10-15 of those people. With the exception of 2, the rest were all last updated between 2011 and 2013.

  • Mike

    I actually g+ better than Facebook. Would hate to see it go or be on a lower priority.

    • Chris

      well if very few use it why should google keep it going just for a few nerds who do use it?

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  • Chris Doerman

    I was at a social network marketing conference yesterday and one of the speakers was from the Google Analytics Team. He was asked if G+ was dying very directly. He said that while he couldn’t give specific details, it was not dying and some really cool features would be coming later this year. Not sure what that’s worth but I personally doubt that Google would let G+ die. It’s way too importantly strategically as the social “glue” between Google’s various products.

    • Chris

      I just love these types of comments. “oh I talked with someone at xx company and they said this….”

      • Chris Doerman

        That’s so funny. I love comments where someone tries to act superior in a thread that is 100% speculation to begin with.

  • Leif Sikorski

    Last year sessions were mostly just about G+ Signin for different plattforms – I doubt that they would do that again. But also last year the schedule didn’t show everything until the last days – so there might still be a lot that will be added later. We all know that Dave Besbris will take the position of Vic, but there hasn’t been an official post about it yet. So I guess that there will be a huge announcement soon, maybe combined with some updates.

  • matz

    I have Google+ disabled on my phone along with apps with the word “Play” in it other than the Play Store.

    • Lucky Armpit

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • Ryan N

      You won’t need to worry about that for long. Sammy will bring you some tizen to ease your PLAYaches.

    • shooter50

      Agreed. First thing I do is disable Google + and Hangouts

  • Shane Redman

    If you don’t like it, don’t use it…like everything else. If they don’t want to fully support it all going forward, I’m fine with where it has evolved. Just don’t kill it off entirely.

    • Chris

      and if you don;t like that people don’t like google plus, then don’t read their comments.

  • jwildman16

    But who’s going to give me my Auto Awesome photos?!

    • AbbyZFresh

      I’m sure FB will make their own version of Auto Awesome. Just wait.

      • ddevito

        FB version comes with free NSA photobomb

        • AbbyZFresh

          You can say that with any social network. The internet is not a private place. Never was.

        • Shane Redman

          Hasselhoff > NSA !!!! lol

        • Chris

          same could be said with google.

    • Chris

      screw that crap.

  • ddevito

    Most of Google+ was a waste, however, there are some great things that came out of it. For these few reasons alone G+ won’t die – or at least may spawn off into other areas of Google/Android.

    Hangouts, Auto Awesome photos and videos, photo editing tools, albums, photo backups – were all integrated into Google+ AND THEN Google pulls the plug on it? Doesn’t make much strategic sense to me -poor planning on their part of this is all true. Sounds to me like G+ will essentially be melted into Google’s overall platform strategy, and G+ as a social network…will indeed be dead

    • Chris

      - Hangouts would likely remain, but reworked as an “imessage” like service. (just with out the problems its currently facing)

      – Auto awsome, photos and videos, plus editngs would all be tied under picasa or perhaps a new service.

      – backs ups would be under google drive

      and we already went a few years on android with out the need for a social network and we got by just fine.

  • MacNificent

    I will totally be sad if the get rid of Google+ since I have totally gotten rid of fb and IG for g+ since it is way better IMHO. and how will hangouts function without g+. I’ve basically made all if my faculty and close friends join g+ over the last ³ years. Ice been actually going strong ever since you had to be invited to use it.

    • Jérôme Besnard

      I could have written what you wrote: I gladly ditch Facebook for G+, I got my mom a N10 and my wife (who wants an iPhone) a moto g so we can “hang out”. My next project was to clean up my photos (spread out in Gdrive, Picassa and my hard drive) and have them all neatly organized in g+. I’m gonna wait before I get started on that project. Google, please don’t kill of G+!

      • Shane Redman

        As I love G+, don’t count on it to “neatly organize” all of your photos. You can organize them, just not as neatly as you might want. My only gripe with it.

        • Chris

          I prefer flicker. Been an member of flicker since 2009, but an user since 2004

      • Terrormaster

        What Shane just said. Other than autobackup from my phone, I don’t store any albums on Google+ or Picasa because organization sucks bullocks. I’ve been pushing for sub-albums since they first started integrating Picasa with Google+, hasn’t happened yet. So I ended up moving my digital albums all to Photobucket.

      • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

        I doubt they’ll kill off Google+, but rather eliminate or minimalize the social feed and use it as a back end to things like Photos, Locations, Hangouts, etc.

    • Leif Sikorski

      This won’t happen. I guess there will be some big announcements soon – it takes just some time.

      • Chris

        LOL….

      • michael arazan

        Hopefully it will Just be Re-branded with added features and a new UI. Right now there is an Exodus from FaceBook as well, and the new generation of Youths aren’t even using it as it does not attract the younger people like it did 8-9 years ago.

      • maysider

        I don’t trust Google anymore, better don’t use any newer service from Google
        Their “removing features” strategy is going to make angry almost everyone

        • shonangreg

          Trust is the big issue. They keep pushing Plus into gmail, whose contact list was never taken to be “socialized” one day. I don’t want my contacts introduced to each other.

          Also I’m afraid of clicking any “share” link note after doing do once led to contacts getting emails and notifications instead of it just being posted to my own page.

          I loved Google, but they’ve deeply broken the trust that was there.

          Plus also scours my tablet and phone for photos that I don’t want it collecting. It has one checkbox to “scan other folders” for media. I want to control that list of folders. Till then, it remains unchecked and I stay with dropbox fit photo backups.

    • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

      I enjoy Google+, but I enjoy Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram more. I think Google would be doing a good thing if they decentralize things like Photos, Locations, and Hangouts out of Google+ and begin letting Facebook and Twitter access things like Google Now, the Android People app, etc. It would be the best of both worlds.

      • Tom

        Agreed. It’s ridiculous that you can’t share a photo from G+ photos to facebook or twitter.

    • Chris

      hangouts would work just as it works now, minux any google plus intergration.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Should g+ users be worried? no. They’ll probably just rename it hangouts.

    • 00411392

      In my opinion, Google kinda screwed themselves. They were pressing people way too hard to join G+ and especially after the Youtube integration, people were backing away from Google. Google Plus might’ve had some cool features, but I think it the reason why it never caught on like Facebook was the marketing and the fact that it came too late.

  • Akiih

    Lets talk seriously. Who use it ACTIVELY? I don’t.

    • Dominic Powell

      I do… I live in communities

      • Chris

        I live in real life.

        • http://toriko.wikia.com/wiki/Toriko_Encyclopedia CaptainGintoki

          Congratz. You’re one of the few sane human beings left…

    • rawr

      Social networks should have died with MySpace, the current iterations are only alive for catfishing and letting people who aren’t important, pretend their opinion is.

      • Chris

        like you?

        • Mickey A Valentine

          And you

          • southtrini1

            and you too

          • Mickey A Valentine

            And my bird since well, bird is the word…

      • http://toriko.wikia.com/wiki/Toriko_Encyclopedia CaptainGintoki

        Social networking is a disease imho.

    • Shane Redman

      I do. I can find a wide range of material, from the completely ridiculous to a serious article to an interesting photo all in one place without having to scour through irrelevant “acquaintance” posts, game invites and uber-intrusive ads.

      • rawr

        There are other places where you can do all that and more… The internet is (much) bigger than facebook, afterall.

        • AbbyZFresh

          Actually. FB is increasing becoming THE social network. You can’t go to many places that are as heavily endorsed by major blogs, articles, and photos as FB.

          • Ryan N

            Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I see Facebook becoming much less relevant in the next 5 years…

          • AbbyZFresh

            That’s where Oculus and Instagram comes into play. If FB continued to be purely a social network than you would be right about them in 5 years.

            Do you think Google would’ve been relevant today if they hadn’t made their first major ventures outside search with Google Maps and Gmail. Of course not.

          • Chris

            many people tend to forget (or are too damn young to remember/know) that Google was and always will be a search company.

          • Chris

            to nerds….

          • Chris

            facebook lasted longer then myspace too…

        • Shane Redman

          I’m sure. But G+ displayed it better for me at the time of joining. Plus it was a great way for me to organize my contacts when it came out. I still use circles in gmail to send family specific emails. I’m sure I could find a replacement, but it was a one stop not just for others’ content, but my own as well no matter what device it came from

      • Chris

        the internet is a pretty big place and its your own falut for liking ramdom pages and not understanding the whole “hide posts” feature.

        • Shane Redman

          I don’t see how that’s a fault for liking something and there’s no way to get rid of the amount of filth found on FB.

          • A WOMAN ON MENOPAUSE

            The posts you see are eirther from pages you like or the posts of your friends…

            And yes there is. Control the pages you like and who your friends are on there. The little arrow next to posts click it and see the options.

          • Shane Redman

            eh…I stopped using FB and the stuff that’s up there isn’t from any pages I’ve “liked”. Never really got into the pages thing. It’s mostly from college acquaintances that I just don’t deal with anymore. But w/e. No difference to me.

    • Sean Lally

      All day every day.

    • Brandon

      I use it every day.

    • Leif Sikorski

      It’s the only social network I check on a daily basis.

    • sirmeili

      Every day.

    • TheWenger

      Every day.

    • SpaceCaptainWarlock

      Define “actively”. I use hangouts and photos. I rarely post anything, but it does serve as a good news feed for certain sources. I definitely use it and like it more than Facebook.

    • ToddAwesome

      Every day.

    • Miguel

      I do, I hardly use FB, I use communities, people that I follow are very active, I only get the content I want, if I stop +1 some posts it starts to show less and other goodies.

    • Rodeojones000

      I have a profile, but I haven’t looked at it since the day I created it. In fact, only reason it exists was to add Droid-Life to my circle (or whatever the heck they call it) for the purpose of entering contests. Additionally, one of the first system apps I delete on my rooted Android devices is Google+. It’s just not for me.

    • Terrormaster

      Every damn single day since launch.

    • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

      I use it daily. Almost like a better version of Twitter for me.

    • Nick V

      I use it all day long. I love it.

    • MvP77

      Every day. I love communities.

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      Rarely. I use Facebook for my friends, Twitter for news, and Instagram for photos.

  • The Narrator

    Good, we don’t need it anyways.

  • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

    Well this won’t quiet any rumors…

  • d-rock

    I like G+ but it’s no longer a platform and more of a support tool for the Android ecosystem.

    • AbbyZFresh

      No. We want the name, the social network, everything associated with it. GONE.

      • Shane Redman

        We = You

      • d-rock

        Yeah uhm no…. I don’t want to be tied down to FB for things I can do on g+

  • flosserelli

    Meh. If Google+ is dead, I won’t miss it.

  • Deeco

    GOOOOOOD! Now focus on Android!