Facebook announced in a status update that it has acquired Mobile Technologies, a 12-year old speech recognition and machine translation start-up that developed the app Jibbigo. The terms of the deal, however, were not disclosed.
With the latest acquisition, Facebook looks forward to effectively make use of the voice recognition and translation tools to connect with the rest of the world. Jibbigo is the world’s first speech-to-speech translator that runs both online and offline.
“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,” Tom Stocky, Facebook’s director of product management, wrote in a post. “We believe this acquisition is an investment in our long-term product roadmap as we continue towards our company’s mission.
Here’s the full post from Tom Stocky, Director, Product Management at Facebook announcing the acquisition: