updated 11:30 am EDT, Tue May 18, 2010
Google buys Global IP Solutions for Android tech
Google on Tuesday bought Global IP Solutions in a possible sign of a video chat implementation for Android. The $68.2 million deal gives Google access to a firm that supplies both audio and video through IP networks. The deal is expected to go through as more than half of stakeholders already approve of the deal.
Neither company has said what it plans to do as a result of the deal, but Global IP's recent introductions point to Google getting more advanced chat services. The smaller company had just a month ago launched GIPS VideoEngine, a system that helps integrate video chat into Android apps. Among other techniques, it compensates for lag and adapts the bitrate of the video to the type of connection, such as 3G or Wi-Fi.
Improvements to Google's video chat in Gmail, or its spread to other areas, are also possibilities.
The buyout comes as Android is only getting a pseudo-official video chat feature in the HTC Evo 4G but as Apple is slated to roll it out broadly with iPhone 4.0 and the next iPhone, which has a front-facing camera. The HTC and Google options are broader as they may both work on cellular networks where the Apple implementation may only work on short-range Wi-Fi networks.