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Google aims to buy company that could bring video chat, VOIP to Android [Speculation]

May 18, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

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Google aims to buy company that could bring video chat, VOIP to Android [Speculation]

Last night on the Android podcast, I half-jokingly predicted that Google would buy another company. Not because of I/O, but because it’s Tuesday, and Google has been on a shopping spree of late.

Well, add another company to the ever-growing Acquired by Google list, as the Search kings have announced that they have made a cash offer for Global IP Solutions, a company that specializes in technology for VoIP and video. What’s Google up to now?

Google already acquired Gizmo5, a popular SIP client, which led many to believe a Google Voice desktop client was forthcoming. Now, it has purchased another communication company that recently announced plans to make video conferencing more practical in Android. Is Google gobbling up another third party in anticipation of offering this service soon as part of Google Voice or something entirely new?

Skynet jokes aside, Google is quickly becoming – or has become depending on how you look at it – a communication behemoth. They haven’t done a great job of integrating all of their services, but the technology and talent available between GIPS, Gizmo, and Google could lead to something pretty incredible.