Facebook acquires Mobile Technologies for voice recognition and translation

On Monday Facebook announced the purchase and acquisition of the start-up Mobile Technologies. The Pittsburgh-based developer are behind the app Jibbigo – a speech-to-speech translation app for Android and Apple devices
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Jibbigo was launched in 2009 and allows users to make a voice recording or type text in 1 of 25 different languages and then have a translation appear on screen or read aloud.

It seems likely that the acquisition of such software is in a bid to translate News Feed posts and offer Facebook users voice search in a number of different languages.

Currently Facebook relies upon Microsoft’s Bing to translate comments and News Feed posts, often inaccurately. However, an in-house translation service could make working across different languages an integral part of the site.

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