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Google buying VoIP company Global IP Solutions

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 18 May 2010 13:02 User comments (2)

Google buying VoIP company Global IP Solutions Google has announced that it will purchase Global IP Solutions, a company with technology delivering voice and video over IP.
The move has prompted rumors that the company is trying to add video conferencing to the Android operating system.

GIPS is known for their "high-quality, real-time audio and video streaming via IP," and has been licensing the technology over the years to companies as big as Samsung, Yahoo, AOL and Nortel for their video/video chat services.

The Android video chat rumors began last month when GIPS rolled out its first product that was intended to help developers add video chat to Android phones and tablets.

The search giant will pay $68.2 million for the company, which is a large 27.5 percent premium over the company's closing share price. In January the company said it had a possible buyer and shares have surged 60 percent since.

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118.5.2010 22:13

That sounds like bad news for Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and everyone else who offers both 3g and cell service.

220.5.2010 2:51

So, how long before our "Devices" become Data devices with "Voice" features, instead of "voice" phones with data features?

I could see a time where I would not need to call a "voice only" device and all communication (or most) would be done over IP as either an IP voice or IP video call. Traditional "Voice" protocols would hardly be needed.

Isn't the future great?
Now, how will this affect my Google Voice account?

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