Is Polar the best acquisition announced by Google?


Spend any time on the web’s social networks and you are bound to run across a poll. While some polls probably have some legitimate value in being asked, a frequent strategy for companies is to use polls to drive traffic to their content. Of course, Polar would like for you to think their service is all about “the simple idea that everyone has an opinion worth hearing.” Wherever their value lies, Google wants a piece of it as the company has been acquired by the search giant.

On the surface, the concept seems to be to unleash Polar and their polling prowess loose on Google+ to somehow improve the platform. However, some are suggesting Google was really interested in the brainpower behind Polar. Co-founder Luke Wroblewski has been a big proponent of designing services for mobile platforms first, a nod to the growth of smartphones and tablets versus more traditional platforms.

Google appears to be close to releasing Android L for public consumption and has already been transitioning some apps to their new Material Design guideline. The timing of the Polar acquisition suggests it may be geared to something further down the road. Keep this in mind when Android M rumors start to surface.

If the Polar team could improve one thing about the Google+ mobile experience, what would you like to see?

source: Polar
via: Engadget

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • Major_Pita

    Having spent many years in the specialty sports industry, I can say that Polar has been one the biggest names in personal fitness electronics and probably has a large patent portfolio -particularly in cardio monitoring. This seems like something Google would want.

  • MelkiSch

    Hi Jeff,

    Do you have a specific interest for the opinion space??

    If that is correct, I would love to tell you more about Voice Polls and share with you some info about what’s coming up.

    Polar was an awesome player but I personally don’t think that anyone already cracked the case in the opinion space…. so it’s probably worth keeping an eye on what’s happening in the space :).