SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook revealed that it has acquired speech recognition startup Mobile Technologies for an undisclosed sum on Monday.
Mobile Technologies was founded in 2011 and is the brains behind Jibbigo, a speech-to-speech translation app for iOS and Android that was launched in 2009. The app works by enabling the user to record spoken words to receive a translation in a different language, with the service presently supporting more than 25 dialects.
Facebook product manager Tom Stocky announced the acquisition via Facebook, saying that the firm will pick up Mobile Technologies' machine translation technology and engineering talent, adding that it has no plans to shut down the Jibbigo service.
He said, "I'm excited to announce that we've agreed to acquire Mobile Technologies, a company with an amazing team that's behind some of the world's leading speech recognition and machine translation technology.
"With this deal we will welcome some of the industry's most talented people to our engineering teams in Menlo Park, California.
"Voice technology has become an increasingly important way for people to navigate mobile devices and the web, and this technology will help us evolve our products to match that evolution," Stocky added, reaffirming that Facebook is looking to boost its own speech recognition services.
Mobile Technologies said on its website, "Facebook, with its mission to make the world more open and connected, provides the perfect platform to apply our technology at a truly global scale.
"We look forward to continuing to develop our technology at Facebook and finding new and interesting ways to apply it to Facebook's long-term product roadmap." µ
Tags: Social Media
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