As Polar fades away, the Polar team will be assigned to make Google+ “as beautiful and simple to use as possible, especially on mobile devices,” according to Google+ engineering vice president Dave Besbris.
Google made it clear in its announcement that this was an acqui-hire. And Polar founder Luke Wroblewski, a well-respected interface designer, clearly played a major role in the deal. “I’m thrilled to welcome Luke Wroblewski and the talented Polar team to Google,” wrote Besbris in an announcement on Google+.
As for existing Polar users, the company shares on its blog that it will “keep its publisher tools available until the end of 2014” and has “built a simple way to download and save an archive of your Polar polls and data.”
It’s not yet clear if polling features will make their way to Google+ following the acquisition: Google declined to comment on the matter.