Google acquires mobile service company Divide

Reuters

Google Inc said it has acquired Divide, a company whose software allows corporations to manage the personal smartphones that consumers increasingly use on the job.

In a post on Divide's (New York City, NY, USA) website on Monday, the company said it was joining Google's (Mountain View, CA, USA) Android team. The post did not provide financial terms of the deal and a Google spokesman declined to comment on the terms.

The deal could help Google, the world's No. 1 Internet search company, make further inroads into corporate settings. Google's Android mobile operating system is used in more than three out of every four smartphones sold worldwide.

Divide's mobile app separates a consumer's personal data and the corporate data contained on a phone, making it easier for businesses to manage disparate personal devices that consumers increasingly use on the job. Divide will continue to offer its service to existing customers, the post said.

The four-year-old, New York-based company had raised $25 million, with its most recent funding round led by Google's venture capital arm, Google Ventures.

(Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic; editing by Matthew Lewis)

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