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It comes as a bit of surprise but leading office productivity app developer Quickoffice has been acquired by Google. The news was published on the company blog today.
Now, we are ushering in a new chapter with Google. By combining the magic of Google’s intuitive solutions with Quickoffice’s powerful products, our shared vision for anytime, anywhere productivity can only grow.
For some this will be welcome news. For others, me included, it will be met with caution. Google is notorious for keeping things in perpetual beta and tinkering with things. I’m a big fan of Quickoffice and I can only hope that Google continues development on it and take it to the next level.
Apple today spent some of its $100 Billion in the bank to purchase Chomp, a company who has a powerful app search and discovery app in the App Store. Chomp uses a proprietary algorithm to find apps based on functionality not just their titles. If you haven’t tried it out go to the App Store and get it. It is impressive.
The purchase of Chomp could be part of a larger strategy – and rumored – makeover of the App Store and iTunes in general. The algorithms that Chomp has fit well into that plan if that is the case. Their search function is far superior to the one in the App Store and could revolutionize how you find apps. It could also play a part in improving the Genius search function in iTunes and the App Store app on iPhone and iPad.
Chomp’s technology also could help cut down on the recent rash of “copy-cat” apps that have similar names to popular apps but are essentially scams by developers trying to make a quick buck on you searching for something and getting their app.
There is no official word on what Apple paid for the 20 person company and technology nor how or when we could see Chomp technology integrated into the App Store and the Mac App Store.
For more information, check out the TechCrunch source article