Google has acquired the popular visual polling app Polar.
As reported by TechCrunch, the service managed to host more than one billion polls in the last eight months alone and attract 1.1 million active voters.
Just how much Google has paid for Polar is yet to be disclosed. It’s also unclear exactly how Google plans to use the technology and the talent behind it, except that it can be expected to be integrated into Google+. According to Google VP of Engineering and Google+ project leader Dave Besbris, the Polar team is joining Google to help make Google+ “as beautiful and simple to use as possible, especially on mobile devices.”
As a result of the acquisition, the official iOS app of Polar has been pulled from the App Store. However, Polar’s tools for Web publishers are being kept available until the end of this year.
If you wish to download and save an archive of your Polar polls and data, you can do so by going to the Polar website.
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