Let’s do a recap of a few of Google’s significant investments over the last year or so. A significant investments in mobile, a significant investment in social media, and a significant investment in email. On the other hand, they pulled investments in a number of areas including Google Reader (RSS) which shut down July 2013 and Google Checkout (payments), which is shutting down November 2013.
With these recent moves (among many others – i.e. Fiber, Google Glasses and Self Driving Cars), you can clearly see that Google is actively moving pieces on the chessboard based on how they see the future unfolding.