Facebook Cooks Up Deal With Voice Recognition Specialist
The future of Facebook is unfolding as it cooks up a deal to buy Mobile Technologies, a voice recognition specialist. This is the 36th company acquisition made by the largest social networking site with over 1 billion members. The list of firms acquired includes some big companies such as Instagram and Face.com, a facial recognition platform developer.
The purchase has already been announced by both companies but the details of the terms has yet to be confirmed. On its website, Tom Stocky, a product-management director at Facebook, said “Although more than a billion people around the world already use Facebook every month, we are always looking for ways to help connect the rest of the world as well. 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.
Mobile Technologies owns Jibbigo, a voice translator mobile app that can be used even when you are offline. When using the app, the user holds down a record button and says a phrase. The phrase then appears as text in both languages, and is spoken aloud in the target language. The app also includes an add name function, a background dictionary, and other useful features. The app is available in both Android and iOS.
This acquisition is seen as an investment in the company’s plan to develop new features that will better connect its users globally regardless of different languages being used.
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