April 12, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Google gets bored and buys yet another company. This time, it’s the team behind PlinkArt, an Android application that helps scan and recognize art. The visual search app Plink identifies paintings and artwork, so this was obviously a move by Google to acquire new talent and technologies that will enhance Google Goggles. Plink said so much in the blog post announcing the acquisition, saying “Google has already shown that it’s serious about investing in this space with Google Goggles, and for the Plink team the opportunity to take our algorithms to Google-scale was just too exciting to pass up.”
Plink competed in the second Android Developer’s Challenge. It took first place in the Education/Reference category, and now is officially part of the Google empire. The Plink Android app will continue working as is, but the focus of the development will be applied to Google Goggles from now on.