A new trademark from LG suggests that the Korean tech giant has just purchased streaming app, Meerkat.
Meerkat, the popular live-streaming mobile app might have finally been acquired but not by the likes of Facebook like rumours have suggested, but by Korean tech giant LG which is fairly peculiar. According to a trademark which was filed earlier this week the company may have quietly purchased the company and is currently getting things in order for an official announcement.
When Meerkat launched a little while ago, nobody thought it’d quite gain the success that it had. Its popularity was likely helped by the original integration with Twitter, which was then put on a bit of a hold when Twitter put a spanner in the works. Fortunately Meerkat came out of the otherside with more users and even more popularity, even when Twitter unveiled their own take on the app with Periscope. Available on iOS for some time, a few weeks ago Meerkat landed on Android.
Now it seems LG has grabbed Meerkat for themselves, according to Phandroid, who has managed to dig up a trademark recently filed by LG. The trademark is for the name “Meerkat”, which could actually mean anything. Fortunately the description of the trademark sounds remarkably like the popular streaming app:
IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: IP camera; Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras; Cameras for surveillance; Photographic apparatus and instruments; Cameras; Webcams; Mobile phones; Smart phones; Application software for smart phones; Application software for smart phone cameras
Chances are, if this is what we think it it LG has acquired Meerkat and will likely add it to its range of devices. It’d be a little odd for LG to trademark the name and create their own version of the app. All we need now is for an announcement of sort.
More on this as it develops.