Motorola Mobility, not Google, acquires Viewdle


If you don’t recall, rumors began spreading not too long ago about a possible agreement between Viewdle and Google for the former to be acquired by the latter. Well, those rumors were wrong… sort of. Motorola Mobility is actually the one that acquired the face recognition company, though as we all know Motorola now exists under the Google umbrella.

Viewdle specializes in facial recognition technology, and we all know that’s something that has become an important element of the current mobile market. The deal reportedly cost Motorola somewhere between $30 million and $45 million, and while that’s no pocket change to us common folk we’re sure Motorola finds this to be a value considering what it’s getting.

The only question that remains is how Motorola and/or Google will use the company. Is this a patent move, is this for Google+ and Android, or is there some other obscure plan? We won’t know for quite some time, but we’re sure there was a very good reason for it. [via TechCrunch]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Maybe for use with multi user face unlock?

  2. I guess no one proof reads these…

    1. Get off it turd, it’s a forum, not a final copy of this years best seller. It truly doesn’t matter if everything is spelled correctly or punctuated correctly. End result is I bet you still understood what he was trying to tell you.

      1. This is listed as Phandroid – Android News; and it was important enough that they corrected most of the errors. We are making comments on a posted news article not a forum. Grow up and get an education

      2. This is not a “forum”, it’s an Android-centric news site. You want a forum? Go to,,,, or any other number of *true* forums. Notice how most of them have the word “forum” in the URL, which is “mysteriously” omitted in the URL for this page or any other Phandroid news page.

      3. It’s pathetic that you have to resort to name calling over the internet just to make a point. This isn’t a forum, this is a news site. Every other article there’s some sort of typo, punctuation error, or incorrect facts. It’s ridiculous.

    2. If you don’t like what you’re reading than go get your news from another site.

  3. So they plan on cutting more jobs and still turn around and buy another company. Yea that makes sense.

    1. They cut jobs that are no longer needed and buy company’s that improves their portfolio. Yeah it does make sense.

  4. I wonder how Emma Moreau feels that every article is showing her stuffing her fat face with hair made messy by rain. It looks like she already tried to stuff a couple of tacos into those cheeks.

    1. I think she feels that the taco was quite tasty!

  5. How about integrated into project glass?

  6. I believe it is for the upcoming profiles in Android with multiple user face recognition. You reported on it even less than a few weeks ago.

    1. They also do touchless gesture recognition, sort of like a smaller version of kinect. That would be great for cars and google TV’s.

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