Internet giant Google is continuing its recently acquisition spree: this time it is making an all-cash offer of $68.2 million to acquire Global IP Solutions. The move is widely being seen as a way for Google to beef up VoIP and live video capabilities in its Android mobile platform. Last month, Global IP Solutions announced its VideoEngine for Android, offering IP-based voice and video calling capabilities. Last week, GIPs inked a deal with Motorola to build the technology into Motorola’s Android phones.
GIPS also has deals with Cisco as part of the company’s WebEx online video conferencing offering, and LG has inked a deal with GIPs to include VoiceEngine Mobile in its systems; GIPs technology is also inside AIM and Yahoo video conferencing systems.
The acquisition likely means that Google is eyeing building VoIP capabilities—and potentially video conferencing—directly into the Android platform as an asset that all application developers can leverage. However, the acquisition may also have major ramifications for Google Voice, especially when taken in context of Google’s acquisition of Gizmo5 late last year, which was the company’s first move towards making Google Voice a full-blown VoIP service capable of taking on Skype.
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