Facebook acquires Finnish mobile app developer ProtoGeo Oy

ProtoGeo’s popular Moves activity diary app will join Facebook’s suite of standalone apps.

Facebook has acquired the Finnish company ProtoGeo Oy, developer of a pioneering all-day activity diary for smartphones called Moves which has been downloaded 4 million times for iPhone and Android phones. The financial terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed. ProtoGeo was founded in January 2012 in Helsinki.

“The Moves team has built an incredible tool for the millions of people who want to better understand their daily fitness activity, and we're looking forward to the app continuing to gain momentum,” said Facebook in a statement. Key members of Moves will be joining Facebook at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

Automatic diary

According to the Moves blog, the app will continue to run as a separate, standalone application. “We’re joining Facebook’s talented team to work on building and improving their products and services with a shared mission of supporting simple, efficient tools for more than a billion people,” said Sampo Karjalainen, CEO of ProtoGeo.

Moves automatically records walking, cycling and running, and the user can view the distance, duration, number of steps, and the calories burned for each activity. As an automatic diary of the user’s life, it provides a storyline and maps showing where, when, and how much the user moves in the course of a day.

Sources: ProtoGeo, CNET