Niantic Labs is the creator of Ingress, a video game that requires people top get up and go outside in order to play the game. Up until now, Niantic Labs was part of Google. That is changing.
Niantic Labs shared information on their Ingress Google + page that explains that they are leaving Google. The post was aimed at people who currently are playing Ingress.
The key part of the announcement is that Niantic Labs is becoming an independent company. “We will be taking our unique blend of exploration and fun to even bigger audiences with some amazing new partners joining Google as collaborators and backers.” Niantic Labs suggests that people who want to learn more about this change should stay tuned to their website or their social channels.
This news comes a few days after Google announced that they were creating a new company called Alphabet. The announcement said that Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity.