March 1, 2011 | by Michael Heller
In an odd turn, Facebook has acquired the popular messaging app Beluga. As we’ve seen, Beluga is another app in the line of “BBM for non-Blackberry device” apps that has been swirling starting with Kik. Beluga offers group messaging, sharing photos and location information, all of which are things Facebook quite enjoys.
The strange thing about the acquisition is that Facebook already has group messaging built into their mobile apps, so buying Beluga seems basically like nothing more than a quick way to add photo and location sharing to that service without the development costs.
As of right now, Beluga service will not be changing, but in the next few weeks there will be announcements on the future of the app and its integration into Facebook.