Reqwireless developed a mobile application toolkit as well as two successful Java applications for mobile devices -- a browser and an e-mail client. The applications were originally developed to demonstrate the toolkit, but they ended up generating healthy, profitable revenues for the company. About a year ago, Reqwireless had been in acquisition talks with a few suitors. The company was founded by UW grad Roger Skubowius in 2001.
In a statement, Google said it acquired Reqwireless "because of the talented engineers and great technology. We're thrilled to have them here." And it's looking to hire some more engineers here.