With so much attention on Google’s new video service and the Google Pack today, little attention has been paid to the fact that Google has acquired Reqwireless based in Waterloo, Ontario.
According to the National Post article: Waterloo gets Googled, Google acquired Reqwirless last summer but was disclosed yesterday. The article also says Google will, “staff up a recently established research and development facility.” I was unaware of this facility but have blogged about an Open Text research initiative at the university.
The acquisition of Reqwireless once again reaffirms Google’s interest in the wireless marketplace. The company develops wireless web browsers (Opera is a big player in this space) and wireless email tools. Products listed on their web site include:
+ Reqwireless Web
+ Email Viewer
+ Hot Viewer
In August, we learned that Google acquired Android Inc., another developer of mobile phone software.
Waterloo, Ontario is also home to Research In Motion (BlackBerry), OpenText, and the University of Waterloo which is well-known for the high quality engineers it turns out. According to the article, Google has been recruiting at UoW for years.
Google, which has recruited University of Waterloo graduates to work in Silicon Valley for several years, recently placed a job posting on its Web site looking for a mobile wireless application developer based in the southern Ontario city. “Google is hiring engineers to bring our wireless products to the next level,” the company says in the posting
Gary Will, the editor of Waterloo Tech Digest, has comments and background about the acquisitin on his blog.
Sun’s Tim Bray has strong ties to the Waterloo area and the Univ of Waterloo. It’s there he worked on the New Oxford English Dictionary and then founded Open Text (remember the Open Text web engine?) and Antarctica Systems. Of course, Bray is also one of the original developers/editors of XML.
A current student at the University of Waterloo and well-known for creating useful web search tools is Michael Fagan. Mike’s the developer of FaganFinder, URLInfo, and the very useful Translation Wizard. I also see his introduction to RSS and syndication linked to fromn many sites and articles. He’s also the developer of UWHub, a search tool for University of Waterloo info.
Thanks to Michel for the news tip.