Wednesday 23 October 2013

Google acquires start-up behind Android performance booster app

As per reports coming out from France, Google completed the acquisition of French start-up FlexyCore recently. The start-up is best known for its Android performance enhancement solution droidBooster, which was available to manufacturers as an optimization solution and to consumers directly as an performance boosting app.

According to L’Expansion, the deal between Google and FlexyCore was completed sometime this month and the team from FlexyCore has already been absorbed in Android team. While the financial details of the acquisition are not available officially, L’Expansion claims that the French start-up was sold for around $23 Million (€16.9 Million).

Given the past rumours of Google planning to better optimise Android for low-end devices, this acquisition makes perfect sense. According to ARM website, FlexyCore’s droidBooster apparently increases the performance of an Android device by up to ten times. Its principle relies on improving the performance of an Android handset at build-time by generating highly optimized ARM binary from Dalvik code.

Google has confirmed the acquisition to tech blog Gigaom.

“The FlexyCore team has strong expertise in building software to optimize Android device performance, and we think they’d be a great fit with our team,” Google told Gigaom in a statement.

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