Following the lead of YouTube, Android users may soon no longer need a Google+ profile to voice their opinion on particular apps, movies, music and games.
According to Android Police, several of its readers have sent in emails, reporting that they’ve been able to write and post reviews to the Play Store without a Google+ profile. The news follows reports of the +1 button disappearing from the Play Store.
It’s possible what Android Police‘s readers are seeing is a bug, but it’s just as and indeed more likely that this is another step in the process of Google closing the door on its social ambitions.
While the search giant redesigned Google+ as recently as this past November, Google has been slowly been disconnecting the social network from the rest of its ecosystem of apps and services. As noted above, last year Google waived the Google+ profile requirement for commenting on YouTube videos. At I/O 2015, the company packaged Google+ excellent photo editing capabilities into a separate app called Photos. Unbundled from Google+, Photos has accrued 200-million active monthly users in just its first year of availability.
Since I do have Google+ profile linked to my email, I can’t verify Android Police‘s report. So drop a comment below if you can confirm the change.