August 15, 2013

Facebook acquires Mobile Technologies, strengthens communication offerings

Facebook's most recent technology acquisition could help the social networking company better connect users. With its purchase of Mobile Technologies, a speech recognition and machine translation startup, Facebook will have access to Jibbigo, which is an application. According to TechCrunch, this move could strengthen Facebook's video search options and even offer translated News Feed capabilities.  

Tom Stocky, Facebook's director of product management, said in a blog post that it has always been the company's mission to make the world more open and connected. Even though over 1 billion people already use Facebook on a daily basis around the world, Stocky explained that his business is always looking for ways to connect the rest of the population.

"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," he said. "We believe this acquisition is an investment in our long-term product roadmap as we continue towards our company's mission."

Mobile Technologies posted an announcement on its website, saying that everyone there was excited to be joining the Facebook community and that once the technology acquisition is complete, many of them will be working out of Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

The statement added that Facebook's mission to make the world a more open and connected place is the perfect platform for Mobile Technologies, helping it provide its technology on a global level. Furthermore, the social media company has a great road plan for long-term success, which Mobile Technologies believes will help it continuously develop current and future services as well.