Facebook Purchases Speech Recognition and Translation Company

Facebook announced this week that it has agreed to acquire Mobile Technologies, a company which specializes in speech recognition and translation tools such as its Jibbigo app. While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, Facebook has indicated that it will continue to support Jibbigo for the foreseeable future. In a statement posted to the social network, Facebook Product Management Director Tom Stocky said that the Mobile Technologies team will relocate to the company’s Menlo Park campus in California.

The acquisition appears to have been done with the goal of increasing the social network’s global presence. “It has always been our mission to make the world more open and connected. 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,” Stocky said in the posted statement. Translation tools will help bridge the language barrier between users in different countries.

Speech recognition technology may also make an appearance as a way to navigate Facebook. “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,” Stocky said. As the social network turns more and more of its attention to mobile, voice navigation seems like a natural fit to expand its services in that area.

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