Facebook buys translation and voice recognition firm

15/08/2013

Facebook has bought speech recognition and language translation app Mobile Technologies, as the social network looks to boost its mobile features.

Facebook did not disclose the financial terms of its deal for Pittsburgh-based Mobile Technologies.

Facebook’s management director Tom Stocky said in a blog post: “Voice technology has become an increasingly important way for people to navigate mobile devices and the web.”

He said some of the firm’s engineers will move to Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

The deal comes a week after Motorola, which is owned by Facebook rival Google, unveiled its Moto X phone which has built-in voice recognition capabilities. Apple’s Siri feature, which functions as a personal assistant for iPhones, also uses voice recognition.

Mobile Technologies, founded in 2001, was the maker of the free Jibbigo Translator mobile app that automatically translates speech from more than 20 languages.

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