Intel has announced the acquisition of Telmap, an Israeli company that provides location based services. This will help Intel to roll out location based services in the future.
“This move is a step towards expanding our mobile software services capabilities as Intel continues to grow in the area of software and services,” Peter Biddle, general manager of Intel’s AppUp developer program said in a post on the company’s blog. “We are all very excited to have such knowledgeable and respected experts join the company.”
The Intel executives have also voiced their desire for their company to become more than just a chip maker. Along with Nokia, Intel has also been actively engaged in the making of a mobile operating system called MeeGo as an alternative to iOS from Apple and Android from Google. Later Nokia decided to stop working on MeeGo and instead decided to concentrate its efforts on producing phone with Windows Phone 7.
“From a consumer perspective, Telmap helps bring to life our vision for integrated, uniform experiences across consumer devices,” he wrote. “Telmap has a tremendous amount of expertise around end-to-end mobile local search, mapping and navigation services. Telmap delivers great multi-platform consumer experiences every day, and we’re looking forward to combining that focus and excellence with Intel’s to significantly grow their business.”
About Telmap, the blog post says, “Telmap has a tremendous amount of expertise around end-to-end mobile local search, mapping and navigation services. With Telmap we can directly provide with location-based services spanning devices, operating systems and CPU architectures. This is a significant step towards the Intel AppUp services vision we spoke about yesterday.”