Thursday, January 05, 2006

It's official ... Google acquires Waterloo's Reqwireless

It's true ... Google is in Waterloo. It acquired Waterloo's Reqwireless last summer. Confirmation was made today by Google following months of speculation -- both about Google coming to Waterloo and about who acquired Reqwireless.

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.