Kakao acquires kids’ smartwatch maker Kiwi Plus

By Sohn Ji-young
  • Published : Jun 14, 2018 - 17:20
  • Updated : Jun 14, 2018 - 17:20

Kakao, the operator of South Korea’s dominant mobile messenger KakaoTalk, said Thursday that it has acquired a 51 percent stake in Kiwi Plus, a local kids’ smartwatch and smartphone manufacturer.

The Korean mobile technology giant plans to invest around 10 billion won ($9.23 million) in making the acquisition, aimed at strengthening Kakao’s portfolio of hardware and internet of things technologies.

Kakao Kid's Smartphone (Kiwi Plus)

Founded in 2013, Kiwi Plus is a hardware manufacturer best-known for making Android-based IoT devices including the Kakao Kid’s Phone, Kakao Kid’s Watch and Line Kid’s Phone. Parents can use their smartphones to check their children’s locations and communicate with them.

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