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
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.