Reports have surfaced regarding Google’s plan to separate its Google+ Photos service into its own standalone app. Google+ Photos started off as the default photo service bundled within the Google+ social network. It allowed a user to store, share and more importantly, edit your photos. Google appears to be unimpressed with its own user base and as such has decided to unbundle this service in a bid to rectify that problem. This unbundling trend has already worked successfully for the Google Drive and its Docs, Slides and Sheets apps as well as Foursquare and Swarm.
A bigger point to this story is that perhaps this could be another sign of the decline of Google+. Falling well short of being the social backbone of all Google services, Google+ is deemed inferior to the current trend-setters; Facebook and Twitter. Furthermore, Google’s attempt to integrate its other services such as Youtube and Photos itself has been met with some degree of annoyance. Thus, Google looks set to reduce the focus on Google+, take whats good from the service and hope they make it solo. Hangouts has already been cut lose from the Google+ metaphorical chains, not requiring a Google+ account to be used anymore. Now the same would be done for Google+ Photos.
Google+ Photos is a pretty handy app with its various editing features a key selling point, so it would be no surprise if its popularity improves once it is set free.