Google plans to strengthen its Picasa photo management software and service with the acquisition of Neven Vision, a company specialised in mobile photo search.
Adrian Graham, Picasa product manager, announced the deal in an official Google blog posting on Tuesday, saying that Neven Vision brings expertise on automatically obtaining information from a photo.
"It could be as simple as detecting whether or not a photo contains a person, or, one day, as complex as recognising people, places, and objects. This technology just may make it a lot easier for you to organise and find the photos you care about," Graham wrote.
A spokeswoman for Neven Vision confirmed the acquisition has been finalised. The company has offices in Japan, Germany, the UK and USA. It has developed a suite of image-recognition and facial-analysis tools for mobile devices. The tools can be used for marketing, ecommerce, search, security and biometric verification purposes.
Google recently retooled its Picasa photo management software, giving users the ability to publish albums to the web and share them with other people, making Picasa more competitive with rival service Flickr, which is owned by Yahoo and is considered a pioneer in online photo sharing.