Category: Acquisitions & Mergers

Google Acquires Lime Audio to Improve Conference Audio

Google has announced that they have acquired Lime Audio to boost their audio performance in Chromebox for Meetings and Google Hangouts.  The acquisition, of which the financial details were not released, will allow Google to improve the audio experience as more customers are turning to video and audio conferencing in their day-to-day operations.

One of the biggest challenges to a great video meeting is the audio quality. Conference rooms today come in all shapes and sizes and that can provide a challenge for acoustics. Additionally, a poor internet connection can hamper voice quality in video conference calls. Limes Audio has been building solutions that remove the distracting noise, distortion and echoes that can affect online video and telephony meetings, improving the overall online conference experience.

Based on the release about the acquisition, Google is going to be incorporating the Lime Audio technology in to Chromebox for Meetings and Google Hangouts.  When or how this will be done was not disclosed.

Google Acquires Messaging Company Jibe Mobile

In an effort to bolster their own Rich Communication Services (RCS), Google has acquired Jibe Mobile, a leader in the space.  For those who don’t know, RCS is a new standard that is being rapidly adopted by mobile carriers as an they look to provide richer content than SMS can provide.  RCS allows you to do things like group messaging and high resolution photos and Google is working closely with the mobile industry to help get this new service enacted.

In a post on the Official Android Blog, Google outlines that the acquisition of Jibe Mobile will help them continue this adoption work and will build upon what Jibe Mobile has already built in this space.