Google is reportedly separating its photos service from Google+

By Nathan Ingraham

The Google+ photo organization and editing tools are probably the most useful part of Google’s oft-critizied social network, and now it sounds like they’ll soon be spun off into their own standalone product. According to Bloomberg, Google is planning to make the existing Google+ photo features into an independent product that’ll be accessible even to users who don’t have a Google+ account. It’s an effort to find more users for the strongest part of Google+ without the baggage that comes with a service that has consistently struggled to find an engaged user base, despite Google’s claims to the contrary.

The future of Google+ has been up in the air for several months now — VP Vic Gundotra, the head of Google+, left the company in April,…

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: Google is reportedly separating its photos service from Google+

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