Facebook Acquires Maker of Speech Translation App

Facebook Acquires Maker of Speech Translation AppFacebook Management Director Tom Stocky announced in a blog post last night that Facebook has agreed to acquire a startup called Mobile Technologies.

The acquired firm is a voice recognition tech specialist and maker of the speech-to-speech Jibbigo Translator app.

Mobile Technologies is “a company with an amazing team that’s behind some of the world’s leading speech recognition and machine translation technology,” Stocky wrote. “With this deal we will welcome some of the industry’s most talented people to our engineering teams in Menlo Park, California.”

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. 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.

Incidentally, this latest deal comes a week after Google-owned Motorola introduced its Moto X phone which comes with built-in voice recognition capabilities.

Stocky says Facebook views the acquisition as “an investment in our long-term product roadmap as we continue towards our company’s mission.”