The acquisition is part of Intel's strategy to grow its mobile software and services business.
During its AppUp Elements developer conference at the end of September 2011, Intel announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Telmap, a specialist in navigation and location-based services, search and content. Telmap, based in Israel, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel but retain its independence and brand. According to Telmap's latest report about usage in Q2-2011, the company provides white-label location-based services to over 26 mobile operators globally, serving more than 6 million end users.
The acquisition is in line with Intel’s strategy to expand mobile capabilities as a part of its growing focus on software and services. Besides providing end-to-end mobile local search, mapping and navigation services to end users via partners, Telmap also offers LBS for developers. Telmap offers APIs that allow developers to add functionality such as search, mapping, routing, geo-coding and location sharing to web, PC or mobile applications.
In separate news, it has been announced that Intel and Samsung will lead the technical steering team overseeing the Linux Foundation’s new Tizen open source project. Tizen is a new Linux-based device software platform combining the technologies from MeeGo and LiMo that will support multiple device categories including smartphones, tablets, netbooks, TVs, and in-vehicle infotainment systems.