28 February 2017
Google has announced that has acquired Swedish company Limes Audio, that focuses on improving the quality of voice calls. Google will use the company’s technology to improve the voice quality of its messaging service Hangouts. The financial terms of the deal have not been revealed yet.
Google Cloud Director of Product Management Serge Lachapelle stated that the company plans to integrate Limes Audio into its own platforms, which need an audio quality upgrade. Limes Audio’s technology reduces noise, distortion, and echoes and would help in conference rooms with poor acoustics and internet connections as more businesses adopt video conferencing services.
“As more and more businesses adopt our video conferencing solutions, powered by Chromebox for Meetings and Google Hangouts, it’s critical that we provide a great audio experience. With G Suite customers now relying on video communications for their day-to-day meetings, it’s more important than ever to ensure low-cost, high-quality audio.”
Fredric Lindström and Christian Schüldt, the founders of Limes Audio stated that the team is “now very excited to join Google” where it plans to “continue to work towards all voice conversations sounding equally loud and clear, regardless of the distance or environment.”
Google had earlier acquired Swedish communications company Marratech to bolster Google Talk and Hangouts for $15 million in 2007. It had also acquired Swedish visualization company Trendalyzer for $2.4 million in March 2016.