HotHardware told you earlier about the nifty web-based phone service GrandCentral. It allows you to ring every number you have on any phone of your choosing, along with a powerful caller ID and a host of other features. Well, Google was interested in the service, too, and thought GrandCentral would make a grand addition to their stable of web-based widgets. They announced the purchase of the company on Monday on their official blog.
"We think GrandCentral's technology fits well into Google's efforts
to provide services that enhance the collaborative exchange of
information between our users," Google product manager Wesley Chan
wrote in a post on the company's blog.
Over on GrandCentral's Web
site, the company affirmed Google's acquisition and wrote that the
search company will keep beta testing GrandCentral's service.
Central will remain operational, as will the site, while we integrate
with Google. Google will continue to support uninterrupted service for
all current GrandCentral customers," the company wrote.
Beta tested in September 2006, bought by Google in July 2007. The founders must be even smarter than the fellows with the iPhone and the screwdriver and the e*trade account.