Facebook snaps up translation and voice recognition company

 
City A.M. Reporter
FACEBOOK plans to buy the maker of a speech recognition and language translation app, providing technology that could bolster the social networking company's mobile efforts.

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.

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.