John Mueller, Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google has has recently shared that Google is involved in a cleaning work and would like to keep consistency in the way search results appear on all devices.
As a part of this cleaning process, Google may do away with the Author profile photo and circle count.
You can read the more at https://plus.google.com/+JohnMueller/posts/PDkPdPtjL6j
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Does that mean Google wants to remove any preference to Authorships?
If you remember, Google started this program with a lot of hype but on its way, Google kept on removing and adding the profile photo for few industries on a regular basis.
Lets see how Google behaves in times to come.