Web: Google buys Slack-like startup Pie

February 2016 by: From The Web

As millions become connected across Asia, Google is still grappling for the best way to get these people online and on Google.

The latest strategy: Open an engineering hub in Singapore. That’s what Google announced on Thursday, along with the news that it scooped up the startup Pie, which makes a mobile workplace chat app akin to Slack, to help.

Caesar Sengupta, a Singapore-based Google VP, laid out the hurdles for the Internet across the developing world in Asia: Most computing devices are cheap phones, connections suck and services often aren’t in people’s first languages.

“These aren’t easy problems to fix, but we’d like to do a better job of addressing them,” he wrote. “That’s why we’re building a new engineering team in Singapore — to get closer to the next billion users coming online and to develop products that will work for them.”


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