Qualcomm Innovation Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, today announced it has acquired iSkoot Technologies, which specializes in the “mobilization” of Internet services such as social networks, consumer email and IM products.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
A good number of U.S. operators and device manufacturers offer iSkoot services, such as a free mobile app that aggregates access to various social networks, customizable news feeds and consumer email services within a single tool.
Check out iSkoot’s Kalaida platform product pages for more information about its technology and commercial solutions (or read our earlier post on it). Essentially, it can provide basic phones with smartphone functionalities with minimal usage cost increase.
iSkoot Technologies is actually a newly-formed corporation that has recently received substantially all of the assets of iSkoot, a San Francisco-based service provider at the intersection of mobile and the internet that was founded back in 2005.
iSkoot will now function as a subsidiary of QuIC, Qualcomm’s subsidiary focused on enabling and optimizing open source software with Qualcomm technologies.
According to the press release, the company will focus on continued support of its current customers, integrating its offerings with Qualcomm’s products and developing open source data management contributions for mobile devices.
The company is led by Mark Jacobstein, who most recently served as the EVP at Loopt. Before joining Loopt, Jacobstein was the founding President for Digital Chocolate, one of the world’s largest publishers of mobile games.
Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Innovation Center, commented on the buy thusly:
“QuIC’s acquisition of iSkoot provides us with a push data services platform, a social network aggregation solution and voice 2.0 services that dramatically strengthens our ability to continue providing the most effective mobile solutions for operators and device makers as they serve consumers worldwide.”
Sounds like a good fit, although I’d be curious to know what QuIC spent on iSkoot, exactly.
Here’s a video of AT&T’s Social Net service, powered by iSkoot:
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