Google has acquired an instant text messaging based service named Emu which was known for featuring a built-in virtual assistant in the app. First reported by Techcrunch, the announcement of the acquisition was made through a blog post by EMU team, however size of the deal has not yet been disclosed by these companies. Emu service was created by Gummi Hafsteinsson, who had a stint in Google for its Maps and Voice Search services, and was one of the leads behind Apple’s Siri virtual assistant.
For those who don’t know about Emu service, it’s an IM which integrated virtual-assistant to the messenger which would offer relevant suggestions or pick data from calendar. The app could also be used for setting reminders, sharing location, or making reservations at a restaurant right from within a conversation. The app reflects features inspired by Siri, and could be used by Google for its Google Now service or for Hangouts. Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: Report
Emu’s blog mentions that the company’s team is excited about this acquisition. The company has also cleared that they will shut down the app from August 25, which includes discontinuation of support for existing users as well. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this yearAlso Read - Google Workspace now available for everyone, including free Google account owners