The Swedish firm, Scalado, behind BlackBerry 10′s awesome time-warping camera will soon be acquired by Nokia. Scalado has current ties to allow its technology in the upcoming operating system from RIM, which we saw demoed at BlackBerry World 2012. HTC is also currently licensing technology from Scalado.
Scalado’s developers, intellectual property, technology, and moniker will be headed to Nokia in the third quarter of 2012. However, Nokia is not buying Scalado outright as it still currently has licensing deals with other companies. The plan for the Scalado acquisition is to enhance “imaging experiences for Nokia Lumia devices.”
What do you think this could mean for the future of the camera app in BlackBerry 10? Will RIM eventually have to buy the time-warp patent from Scalado/Nokia or be forced to pay greater licensing fees in the future? Let us know what you think. Check out the full press release below:
Nokia to acquire developers, technologies and intellectual property for imaging from Scalado
Acquisition aimed at enhancing imaging experiences for Nokia Lumia devices
Espoo, Finland and Lund, Sweden: Nokia is announcing plans to acquire world-class imaging specialists as well as all technologies and intellectual property from Scalado AB.
“Nokia has been working with Scalado for more than ten years and they’ve contributed to many of our leading imaging applications,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Smart Devices at Nokia. “This transaction would enable us to combine our leadership in camera devices with their expertise in imaging, helping people move beyond taking pictures to capturing moments and emotions and then reliving them in many different ways.”
The Lund site is planned to become a key site for Nokia’s imaging software for smartphones, in addition to Nokia’s existing locations in Espoo and Tampere, Finland.
“This is a great opportunity for many of our people to show their leadership in imaging and to continue to build its future,” said Håkan Persson, chief executive officer of Scalado AB. “Doing this as part of Nokia, already a leader in mobile imaging, will reinforce the strength of the technologies and competences developed at Scalado. We are very excited about this opportunity, which is a natural next step in our longstanding relationship with Nokia.”
The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close during the third quarter of 2012. The terms of the transaction are confidential.