For the last few days rumors were circling around that Motorola, and by extension Google, were planning to purchase facial recognition company Viewdle. Turns out those were much more than rumors, as we have confirmed that Motorola is acquiring the company. Of course, because Google owns Motorola, this means they also own Viewdle.
There is no official word on how much Motorola paid for Viewdle, but rumors said they are paying somewhere in between $30 to $45 million dollars. Motorola says they have been working with Viewdle for a while before the acquisition, so the transition should go smoothly.
Viewdle’s technology could prove a huge benefit for Android owners. A little deduction tells us that Motorola makes devices, Google makes Android and Viewdle makes facial recognition software. Put that together and there is good chance that we should see some new facial recognition features coming to Android devices at some point.
Besides Android, the newly acquired technology could see usage in Google Glass. Imagine looking at a friend and having the glasses recognize them and tell you key facts such as when their birthday is or what their favorite topics of conversation are. We will keep you posted on this acquisition as it happens, so keep your browser locked on Android Community.