In a move that could help drive adoption of the software, Google announced Thursday that it is partnering with Amazon to provide $1 billion in funding for a new technology that can capture video of people interacting with their phones.
The $1 million fund is the first step in an initial $3 billion investment from Google’s artificial intelligence group DeepMind, the company said in a blog post announcing the funding.
The company plans to build the software in collaboration with the National Science Foundation and Amazon, it said.
The goal is to provide video capture software to tens of millions of people by 2020, DeepMind said in its blog post.
That would allow the technology to be integrated into apps that can be used by anyone with a smartphone.
Video capture software is becoming a key part of a growing number of tech products, including smartphones, wearables and wearable computers.
The software is being used by Google and other tech companies to improve video quality, image quality and voice-recognition capabilities.
Google announced in March it was building a video assistant app that could capture video and audio of users interacting with its products.
Google, Amazon and other investors have invested in more than a dozen startups that are working on video capture solutions.
Google acquired video capture technology company VideoJitsu in December.
The firm has raised $1.2 billion in a Series B round led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital.
The companies said Thursday that they have invested an additional $1bn in VideoJutsu.