Facebook acquires speech recognition and translation app Jibbigo

facebook-jibbigoSocial media giant Facebook has recently announced that it had acquired Mobile Technologies, a Pittsburgh based speech recognition and translation startup.

The announcement of the acquisition comes through a status update by Tom Stocky, Director, Product Management, Facebook. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Mobile Technologies portfolio app, Jibbigo, was launched in 2009, it is a speech-to-speech translator for Android and Apple devices. The app runs online and offline, independent from the Internet. People can use it all around the world to communicate in foreign countries. Users can select from over 25 languages and for using the app they just need to speak or type out a language and the app will translate it.

Being a social network, Facebook has always been one 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,” stated Tom Stocky.

Though it is unclear for now how Facebook plans to use the technology but according to Tom this acquisition will act as an investment in Facebook’s long-term product roadmap as they continue towards their company’s mission. Even a post by Jibbigo team also states that they will continue to develop technology at Facebook and find new and interesting ways to apply it to Facebook’s long-term product roadmap.

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Mobile technologies was launched in 2001, post acquisition, Mobile Technologies team will be joining Facebook at their headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

Previously, Facebook had also acquired Parse, which provide tools to mobile app developers.

  • Dennis Miles

    So when can I start dictating (Talking) to facebook friends instead of all this keyboarding? Back in early 1970s there was a question if anyone could get an executive to use a keyboard? as that was the job of the Secretary, taking dictation and transcribing it. but, executives did accept keyboarding … Now we are coming around the circle and the computing power and AI is learning to take dictation and to translate. If I don’t need a keyboard and I can hear computers speak, why do I need a keyboard or a screen? put my computer with WIFI in my pocket and a microphone / earphone on my head and I can compute and communicate and dictate documents and pick them up at the wireless networked printer to do my business…..