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Augmented-Reality Player Viewdle Now Really Part of Google’s Motorola Unit

Motorola confirmed late on Wednesday that it has acquired Viewdle, a maker of augmented-reality and image-recognition software.

“Motorola Mobility today announced that it has acquired Viewdle, a leading imaging & gesture recognition company,” a Motorola representative said in a statement. “Motorola and Viewdle have an existing commercial agreement and have been collaborating for some time.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Among Viewdle’s products was an app called Social Camera that performs facial recognition to identify those in a photo from among one’s friends.

CNET reported earlier this week that a deal was close, noting that talks had been under way with Motorola since before Google acquired the company.


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