We all know that Google+ is pretty much dying before our eyes, Google just doesn’t realize it. However, a new discovery we’ve noticed quite a few times over the past few days makes it look like the company behind the not-so-popular social network has finally noticed that their pretty desperate attempt at competing with the likes of Facebook hasn’t really taken off.
If you look at the screenshots above of the Google Play Store v6.9.15, you’ll notice one and only one button at the bottom of each app’s listing: Share. This may not look different to you or significant enough to dedicate an entire article, but allow me to explain…
It appears that up until now, users have been able to “+1” applications listed in the Play Store if they liked so the app would show up on their Google+ profile as one they enjoy. The app would also appear in their profile on the Play Store by tapping their profile picture within the slide-out menu on the left. However, this method of sharing your favorite apps has totally disappeared on both your Google+ profile, your Play Store profile, and app listings themselves. And it’s not only one app, it’s every app in the Play Store.
I recorded a demonstration of navigating through the Play Store while not noticing any +1 buttons available to take action on. I also navigated into my Play Store profile where you’ll only see apps I’ve rated or reviewed and not ones that I’ve +1’d (which, by the way, is a lot).
It’s unclear exactly what this means for Google+, but at the moment, it looks like Google is really starting to steer away from their attempt at a social network. Obviously, it never really took off, hence we hear the words “Facebook” and “Twitter” much more often, however it never really flopped either. Google+ kinda just had (and still has) a pretty stable road paved for it. The only problem is that road doesn’t (and never will) go as far or as high as someone like Facebook’s. Of course, plenty of G+ integration has been seen throughout multiple Google products and services which made it seem like the network was pretty popular, but in all reality it never really was. And it probably never will be, especially if Google keeps winding down integration with the platform like they are now.