• April 6, 2016

Smartling Acquires Jargon

Smartling has acquired Jargon, a mobile technology company that helps businesses localize their mobile applications. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition augments Smartling's Global Fluency Platform, which provides over-the-air localization of mobile apps and on-device quality assurance (QA) testing. The Jargon technology helps companies localize content by dropping a single line of code into a mobile app. Any new content, new languages, or corrections can be immediately pushed over-the-air to native apps around the world.

"To truly help enterprises with all of their localized content needs, a service provider must offer technology that handles every type of content. Companies need real process automation solutions across every platform and every channel," said Jack Welde, co-founder and CEO of Smartling, in a statement. "This acquisition augments our comprehensive API and impressive set of direct platform connectors, filling out the mobile channel in a way that no other company in the industry can match. This is the first of several strategic developments to come as we seek to expand our Global Fluency Platform's capabilities as well as our own market footprint through organic growth and acquisition."

Beyond over-the-air updates, the Jargon technology also introduces QA testing on mobile devices across any language via specialized mobile QA workflows. It can then revise translations directly on the app or flag problems to be fixed by the translator or developer.

"It is gratifying to see the technology we worked so tirelessly to develop go to an industry innovator like Smartling," said AJ Cihla, CEO of Jargon, in a statement. "This acquisition is a most effective means of concluding our work and providing continuity to our customers, which represent both public enterprises and top-ranked consumer mobile companies around the world. Smartling's platform is a robust offering for all major Web content platforms, document management, and developer files. Now, with our technology, Smartling can also provide a simple, yet sophisticated solution to the mobile localization challenge, making mobile localization virtually effortless."

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