Dropbox Acquires and Shuts down Voiceover Startup Umano
You might have heard of Umano, a startup that provided voice actors for reading out articles to be used on apps and websites and so on.
The news at hand is that Dropbox has acquired and immediately shut down their company with an apparent move towards introducing new services of their own. The official website of Umano revealed the acquisition today and also suggested that subscribers file for a refund as soon as possible:
Umano will continue running for the next 30 days until June 12, 2015. All annual Premium subscribers have those 30 days to request a refund for the remainder of their subscriptions here.
Wondering why exactly did they do this? Well, even Dropbox team didn’t clarify and we didn’t expect the guys at Umano to shed light on it in that announcement post. However, this part of the announcement post expresses what the team behind Umano is going to do next.
We’re thrilled to announce that the Umano team has joined Dropbox! Nearly three years ago, we had a vision to make content more accessible on mobile. Since then, we’ve helped millions of people become more knowledgeable and productive in today’s rapidly evolving world. We’re excited to take that experience and work with Dropbox to help people get more done together.
So yes, they are apparently joining team Dropbox, though it was not specified how the services being provided by Umano are to be integrated with their own services.
I am sure we will be hearing more about it soon, so stay tuned!