Game of Drones: Google clashes with Facebook over drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace

It looks like Google is the latest tech giant entering the game of drones.

The Web giant on Monday confirmed it has agreed to purchase drone maker Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Titan Aerospace and Google share a profound optimism about the potential for technology to improve the world," a Google spokesperson said in a statement to ITProPortal.com.

"It's still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation. It's why we're so excited to welcome Titan Aerospace to the Google family."

The move comes about a month and a half after reports that Facebook was in talks to purchase Titan Aerospace, which makes solar-powered, near-orbital drones that can fly for about five years nonstop.

But Facebook instead picked up UK-based Ascenta, which has also been working on solar-powered drones, as part of Facebook's Internet.org effort to bring Web access to all corners of the globe.

The Wall Street Journal was first to report the acquisition Monday.

Titan's roughly 20 employees will remain in New Mexico, where the company is headquartered, the Journal said.

The Titan team will reportedly work closely with Google's Project Loon, a venture that provides Web connections to underserved areas via high-flying balloons.

Meanwhile, Facebook and Google aren't the only tech firms interested in drones. Amazon in December announced it is experimenting with drones that could provide half-hour, same-day delivery of its products to customers.

Last week, the online retail giant said that the service, dubbed PrimeAir, is already testing an 8th-gen drone for delivery.