They've been rumors of Google picking up company Viewdle, who specialise in image and gesture recognition and whilst Google might not have closed the deal, Motorola Mobility have done – making it as good as Google having bought them. Yesterday the company closed the deal and they released this statement:
"Motorola Mobility today announced that it has acquired Viewdle, a leading imaging & gesture recognition company. Motorola and Viewdle have an existing commercial agreement and have been collaborating for some time. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed."
Whilst Motorola haven't released a figure, it's rumored to be anywhere between $30 and $45 Million. The two companies have had a commercial relationship before now and it could be this that's helped Motorola Mobility seal the deal instead of Google on their own. Google have apparently been in talks of acquiring the company since 2008 and Motorola since 2011 – right at the point the Google acquisition got started. As for Viewdle they were founded in 2006 over in the Ukraine and whilst they're headed in Silicon Valley they still hold some roots there. Amongst some of their investors are: Best Buy Capital, BlackBerry Partners Fund and the chip maker, Qualcomm.
There's something a little interesting about this because it isn't Google that have bought the company which could – thanks to the infamous "firewall" between the two – prevent any new features making their way into stock Android. It could also further solidify Motorola's own skin on top of Android as oppose to going the stock route, why would they bring in new features to not ship them? It's good to see Motorola and Google get some more help in the imaging game, something they've not been lacking in but everyone could use some help in the field.