Press Release: PureView^2 – Nokia completes acquisition of developers, technologies and intellectual property for imaging from Scalado
Today, Nokia published a press release that says the acquisition of Scalado is now complete. We first found out Nokia’s plans to acquire Scalado back in June. We’ve had several ace looking apps from Scalado on Nokia phones in the past, most recently the popular face time machine thing called ‘Rewind’ now found in Lumia phones called ‘Smart Group Shot’.
Below is the press release as well as a link to NokConv’s own article about Scalado for Nokia.
Nokia’s Samuli Hanninen, VP, software program management, was able to share some of the bigger picture around where we plan to take camera phones next.
“We think that imaging is about to go through another major revolution,” he told Conversations.
The staff joining from Scalado will form a new centre for imaging excellence in Lund, Sweden, alongside the clever folk based in Nokia’s Tampere and Espoo imaging teams who came up with PureView. The Lund team will focus on software to complement the existing hardware genius from the Finnish teams.
The expected results are perhaps best expressed as an equation:
PV + SC = PV^2
Though the latest and greatest camera phones might seem like they’re perfect, we really have only just begun.
Acquisition aims to bring outstanding imaging experiences to Nokia Lumia smartphones
Espoo, Finland and Lund, Sweden: Nokia announced today that it has completed the acquisition of all technologies and intellectual property from Scalado AB, originally announced on June 14, 2012. As part of the transaction, approximately 50 world-class imaging specialists transferred to Nokia.
“We believe that this acquisition will strengthen Nokia’s leading position in mobile imaging and provide us with a great opportunity to create even better imaging products and applications,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Smart Devices at Nokia. “We welcome the skilled and passionate professionals from Scalado to Nokia and are excited to have them work with the rest of our talented and dedicated imaging experts to bring world-class imaging solutions to our Nokia Lumia smartphones. The Nokia team is already responsible for many leading innovations in mobile imaging and, together with the experts from Scalado, we aim at astonishing the world with new, outstanding imaging experiences.”
Lund has now become a key site for Nokia’s imaging software for smartphones, in addition to Nokia’s existing locations in Espoo and Tampere, Finland.
“We’re excited to join Nokia at such an important time in its smartphone story,” said Sami Niemi, co-founder of Scalado and now head of Capture & Relive, Smart Devices at Nokia. “The technologies and competences we’ve developed should help move from taking photos to capturing memories and emotions.”
More information can be found on the Nokia Conversations blog.