Steve Grove is a member of the Google+ team. A three-year member of the team to be specific, but more important than the length of time he has been with the team, Grove recently spoke with LiveMint and had some interesting comments about Google+. And one of those comments touched on “the next version of Google.”

To that point, Grove was asked about why Google+ started as a social network and eded up being integrated with a number of other Google services. Grove touched on how Google has been consolidating services and mentioned how “the reason for that is that Google+ is kind of like the next version of Google.”

Seems like it will only get harder for people to ignore Google+ moving forward. Grove also spoke briefly about how they are “seeing lots of activity on mobile now” and about how people will start seeing “there’s a lot of value in logging into our [Google] services.” This was in reference to search, which is already integrated with Google+.

There was also brief mention of the whole Google+ and YouTube comment mixing, but otherwise, talk turned to where Google+ may be going in the future. Here Grove spoke about how mobile is the center of their strategy right now and they expect to see more growth in video. Grove believes that Google+ “could do for live video, what YouTube did for recorded video.”

VIA: ars technica