Facebook has announced that it has acquired a developer of voice recognition and translation tools called Mobile Technologies. The details of the deal to buy the company behind the iPhone and Android translator app Jibbigo were not immediately disclosed.
The social networking giant announced the deal on Monday via a post by Product Manager Tom stocky and said that Facebook aims to use the technology it was acquiring to make Facebook reach out to far more people than it already is.
Picks up Jibbigo maker Mobile Technologies
Waxing eloquent about the emergence of voice technology, Stocky wrote in the post, “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. We believe this acquisition is an investment in our long-term product road map as we continue towards our company’s mission.”
With this deal, the company’s employees will be moving to Facebook’s offices in Menlo Park, California, but users of apps created by Mobile Technologies need not worry for now. TechCrunch has reported that Facebook intends to support the application for the time being.
Mobile Technologies was founded in 2001 and worked towards breaking down barriers between languages. The company launched Jibbigo with the aim of helping users in speech to speech translation independent of Internet connectivity. Essentially, if you speak into the application in a language, it will translate it into speech in another language, kind of like Google Translate for speech.
The application supports more than 25 languages right now and can be a massive help to Facebook. While we’re not sure what is up Facebook’s sleeve, the social networking website could be thinking of using the company’s technology to ensure that using Facebook on mobile becomes more accessible to users across the world.