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7 Companies that Google Acquired in 2018

11 January 2019  |  NEWS

Google, the search giant, is famous for acquiring rapidly growing technology companies, and it has acquired and invested into nearly 200 companies in the past 10 years. In 2018, Google acquired 7 companies. Now let’s take a look at these companies to see what areas Google has strengthened in the past year.       

Animated GIFs searching platform: Tenor

Tenor, Inc. is an America company that develops visual expressions platform and GIF keyboard app for iOS, Android, and Mac devices. Besides a searching platform, it also offers GIF search API to chat and community platforms, such as SNS Facebook’s Messenger.

Average search request on the platform is over 12 billion per month and Monthly Active User (MAU) on the platform is around 130 million.

After being acquired, Tenor will continue to operate as a separate brand and offer API and contents to other partners. Google intends to integrate the service with Google Images and its Keyboard app “Gboard”.


Cloud migration startup: Velostrata

Velostrata is an Israel start-up company that offers purpose-built, enterprise-grade cloud migration and workload mobility solution to and from the cloud. Velostrata was founded in 2014, and had gathered total investment capital of $31.5 million from Intel Capital and other investors.

As the cloud computing services such as AWS spread out, a market which requests technologies to simply move workloads from on-premises data centers to and from public cloud, has been created. Velostrata software migrates production workloads to the public cloud, while controlling and eliminating redundant on-premises systems. Velostrata used to offer a tool as a general-purpose tool before acquiring, but now it is incorporated into Google Could.


Big data analysis platform: Cask Data

Cask Data is an American start-up company that specializes in building solutions to run big data analytics services based on “Hadoop”. Hadoop is a framework used to build big data analytics services and for helping manage large troves of data.

Cask Data was set up in 2011 and had raised about $40 million before acquisition.

Cask Data released an open source platform, Cask Data Application Platform (CDAP) that provides both data integration and app development capabilities. Google keeps it open source after acquisition. Google has picked up Cask Data to integrate into Google Cloud business.


Android graphics automatic driver-testing solution company: GraphicsFuzz

GraphicsFuzz is a start-up company established in U.K. The company builds a framework for testing the security and reliability of Android graphics drivers.

The GraphicsFuzz team, which consists of 3 co-founders, started their work at the Department of Computing at Imperial College London.

By enrolling abundant random data for both fuzzing and metamorphic testing, GraphicsFuzz team succeeded to yield a highly automatic method for testing graphics drivers that quickly finds and fixes bugs that could undermine reliability and security before they affect end users.

Google acquired the company to quickly discover defects in graphics driver and improve the reliability of Android products.


Customer service AI chatbot startup: Onward

Onward is an American start-up that builds tools for businesses looking to automate their customer service by AI chatbot.

Onward offers businesses an AI-powered chat solution to get customers what they want while making the most efficient use of their resources through automation. The service also could be integrated with products like Salesforce and Zendesk. Onward offers this chatbot service in a range of $9 to $99 per-month before the acquisition.

Google introduced a new platform called “Contact Center AI” for call centers in July 2018. If customers call Contact Center AI, the AI system Virtual Agent would response to customers. If Virtual Agent could not assist the customer, the call will be automatically transferred to assistant agent. It is said Google acquires Onward to empower its Contact Center AI service.


Learning platform used by 10 thousand schools world-wide: Workbench Education


Workbench offers a learning platform that learners and educators can build, customize and share standards-aligned lessons and contents for their classroom, and it is used by 10,000 schools as of October 2017.

Learners and Educators also can easily explore worksheets for math, social study and programming through the associative platform. Workbench is already integrated with Google Classroom to help educators around the world.


Popular Train App developer in India: Sigmoid Labs

Sigmoid Labs is a start-up company that runs one of the most popular Indian travel apps called “Where is my Train”.

“Where is my Train” aims to help its over 10 million users track their trains of departure and arrival time, transfer information across India. Users can purchase ticket directly through the app. “Where is my Train” stands out because it allows users to find information without requiring access to GPS or internet.

Google runs “Google Station” project that has helped deliver free, public Wi-Fi to 400 India railway stations. By acquiring Sigmond Labs and access to over 10 million users, the search giant intends to scale its user markets in India.


The original article was published by Stockclip, Inc. on 27/12/2018.

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