Report: Facebook buying mobile software startup Osmeta

Summary:UPDATED: Facebook Home could be getting a whole lot more impressive with the addition of a new mobile software unit.


Facebook is continuing to beef up its mobile repertoire with the acquisition of Osmeta, a mobile software solutions startup, based on a new report.

TechCrunch reported on Thursday that it confirmed that the world's largest social network had acquired the Mountain View, Calif.-based company.

See also: Facebook unveils its new 'Home' on Android

While it is known that Osmeta develops mobile software, the rest of what the startup does is still a mystery.

Right now, Osmeta consists of a 19-person engineering team. According to its website, the team is "working on really, really interesting software technology," which is followed up by the note that Osmeta will reveal "more when the time is right."

Thus, TechCrunch's hints that this could be primarily a talent acquisition appear to be on point.

Nevertheless, it still opens the door for speculation on what the team will be brought on for -- especially in the wake of Facebook's debut of its new Android user interface and family of apps, Home.

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

We reached out to Facebook for confirmation and comment, and we'll update this story when we hear back.

UPDATE: Facebook PR confirmed the news but did not have any additional comment.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Enterprise Software, Mobility, Start-Ups, Developer


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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