Tech giant Google has today acquired Halli Labs, an Indian startup working on solutions based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Amusingly, the startup, which is based out of Bengaluru, has been founded just four-months back by former Stayzilla employees.
Halli Labs says it will be joining Google’s Next Billion Users team, the Mountain View-based company’s initiative that is working to bring the next billion users online from emerging markets like India. Over the past one year, Google has announced several services to better serve the untapped Indian market. Some of these include improved translation services and better voice recognition support for local languages.
The startup announced the news itself earlier today in a post on Medium, and Caesar Sengupta, a product management VP at Google, also confirmed the acquisition with a Tweet.
Halli Labs has a small team which include its core team members — Pankaj Gupta and Pradhuman Jhala — who were previously at marketplace Stayzilla. Gupta, who founded Halli Labs and assumes CEO position, was the chief product officer and chief technology officer at Stayzilla, while Jhala was the chief architect.
Some of the things Halli Labs has been working on includes “speed recognition” and natural language processing. It never shipped any technologies to consumers as the company is just four months old. The word Halli means village in Kannada.
Financial details of the acquisition remain undisclosed. We have reached out to Halli Labs and Google for more details and will update this story as and when we get any updates on same.
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