December 20, 2016 Comments Off on Google acquires Cronologics
As part of its plans to launch its Android Wear 2.0 in 2017, Google has acquired Cronologics, a startup that specialises in developing operating systems for wearable devices. Cronologics is the company behind the OS of the CoWatch, an Android-powered smartwatch that has Amazon’s voice-activated Alexa personal assistant software built-in. For Google, Cronologics is a logical partner to build its next-generation Android Wear. The Cronologics OS is already fully compatible with Android, and Google may want to use this technology to advance its Android Wear’s voice recognition capabilities as well as enable it to pair with other connected devices like the Google Home.
November 22, 2016 Comments Off on Google acquires Undecidable Labs
Google announced that it has acquired Undecidable Labs, a small startup that creates tools that can convert online searches into actual purchases. So what does the acquisition mean for Google? According to sources, the deal suggests that Google is hoping to monetise its enormous library of images, a prominent part of its search engine that has yet to gain significant traction. Undecidable Labs’ technology can filter image search results and display the most relevant images based on a user’s needs and price range. The acquisition will help Google advance into ecommerce, with the intention of increasing user engagement and advertising spend. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
July 29, 2016 Comments Off on Google acquires LaunchKit
Google recently announced that it is acquiring mobile app tool maker LaunchKit. Launched two years ago, LaunchKit offers a suite of tools aimed at making the development of mobile apps easier. These tools include Screenshot Builder, App Website Builder, Review Monitor and Sales Reporter. According to LaunchKit, these tools have helped more than 50,000 developers create, launch and monitor their apps. As part of the deal, LaunchKit’s team will be joining Google’s Developer Product Group. The company’s hosted services will be open-sourced and available on GitHub in the next 12 months, and discontinued thereafter.
July 13, 2016 Comments Off on Google acquires Moodstocks
This week, Google announced its acquisition of Moodstocks, a Paris-based, machine learning technology company. This deal comes just a few weeks after Twitter acquired Magic Pony, a London-based machine learning technology startup that can automatically sharpen low-resolution images and videos. Moodstocks specialises in image recognition technology that turns smartphone cameras into smart sensors, which can see and make sense of its surroundings. Although the acquisition will phase-out Moodstock’s image recognition API for smartphones, the company’s engineers will continue to develop machine vision tools as part of Google’s services. According to experts, the acquisition will help pave the way for Google to make images as searchable as text.
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