Nokia today announced it has completed the acquisition of all technologies and intellectual property from Sweden=based Scalado, a company that pioneers in imaging technology. About 50 imaging experts from Scalado will be transferred to Nokia as a part of the deal, which was announced in June. Also Read - Nokia releases Scalado's PhotoBeamer for Lumia 820, Lumia 920Also Read - Nokia to acquire Scalado [update]
We believe this is a great acquisition by Nokia as it would enable it to regain its leadership in imaging, provided it can apply some of Scalado s innovations on its Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone. Scalado has some neat imaging elements like face zoom, the ability to click photographs just before and after a user triggers the shutter to give the best shot as well as a feature that lets users remove unwanted elements from a picture. Also Read - RIM's BlackBerry 10 is a patchwork OS: WSJ
“We believe that this acquisition will strengthen Nokia’s leading position in mobile imaging and provide us with a great opportunity to create even better imaging products and applications,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Smart Devices at Nokia. “We welcome the skilled and passionate professionals from Scalado to Nokia and are excited to have them work with the rest of our talented and dedicated imaging experts to bring world-class imaging solutions to our Nokia Lumia smartphones. The Nokia team is already responsible for many leading innovations in mobile imaging and, together with the experts from Scalado, we aim at astonishing the world with new, outstanding imaging experiences.”
Scalado’s technology is used by most smartphone vendors and has also been implemented in RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system. Scalado has maintained it will continue to honor existing license deals but it seems future innovations will be used exclusively by Nokia.