Facebook has acquired a stealth mobile software company called Osmeta, according to TechCrunch. Osmeta had 17 employees around the time the acquisition took place. The team behind Osmeta has worked at IBM Research, Yahoo! Research, VMware, and Google. Facebook’s interest in the company was mainly centered around the talent since Osmeta does not actually have an available product.
Osmeta was co-founded by Amit Singh and Mark Smith, whom both spent time working at IBM. Osmeta was apparently working on software that would be compatible with 25 pieces of hardware according to their devices page. This includes the Velocity Micro Cruz, Barnes & Noble NOOK, Nexus S, Acer Iconia Tab A700, HP TouchPad, Ematic eGlide Prism, Motorola Xoom, Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook, WeTab, Galaxy Nexus, an HP ThinkPad, iPod Touch, Ainol Novo 7 Paladin, Asus Transformer Infinity, Nexus One, Samsung Series 5 Chromebook, PandaBoard, iPad, Samsung Slate 7 Windows Tablet, iPhone 4, an x86 PC, HP Mini 210, a netbook, and a MacBook Air.
“We have the most formidable programming talent density imaginable under a startup’s roof, or any other roof for that matter,” says Osmeta on their About page. “Our programming experience is even more impressive?both quantitatively and qualitatively. Between us, over the years, we have done pretty much ?everything? in terms of software creation, including several first-in-the-world type of magical things. (Examples: Android, Chrome for Android, Chrome OS, Google Crawling, AdWords, ZooKeeper, BookKeeper, Pig (Hadoop), OSGi, Linux kernel control groups, network and other device drivers, cognitive computing, massive storage systems, unusual file systems, various types of virtualization, video game console emulation, and many, many others.)”
The acquisition took place last month, but it was confirmed recently.
[Image Credit: osmeta.com]