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Google buys VoIP firm, hints at possible Android video chat

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.

by MacNN Staff



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    future of the current GIPS customers

    Google’s bid for GIPS is to control over VoIP technology, to include it into Android and Chrome, and will require all GIPS engineering resources.
    Google will get rid of existing GIPS customers as soon as support agreements will allow, and practically (quality of support) even long time before that.
    The current and potential customers of GIPS are in trouble – as Google is competing with them (Yahoo, Baidu, AOL, etc), or just has no interest to serve them for smaller customers.

    So customers are hopeless? No.
    Time for #2 on the market to come on the stage.
    SPIRIT DSP has been successfully competing with GIPS over all these years.
    SPIRIT kicked GIPS away from Skype, who created most of GIPS market attractiveness
    SPIRIT has been listed among the Top 10 VoIP leaders by FierceVoIP (GIPS was not).
    Today SPIRIT offers its VVoIP platform on a variety of desktop and mobile platforms supporting not only Google’s Android but iPhone, Symbian, Windows Mobile (it’s not true that GIPS was the only or even the first to allow Voice&Video on Android).
    SPIRIT has at least the same or better products.
    SPIRIT offers a 1000-channel capacity video server, which is the ahead-of-GIPS technology development.

    So existing and potential customers of GIPS - service providers, application developers, and telcos that are deploying voice and video communication services – now consider SPIRIT as the #1 choice for Voice&Video Engines and Voice&Video Conferencing Servers.

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