Google acquires FlexyCore to make Android faster

by: Bogdan PetrovanOctober 22, 2013

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FlexyCore, a company that developed technology to make Android faster, is now a part of Google.

French publication L’Express reported today that Google acquired FlexyCore for €16.9 million, the equivalent of $23.1 million. The acquisition process reportedly commenced back in September 2012 and ended at the beginning of this month. Google hasn’t commented on the details of the acquisition but acknowledged it in a brief statement to GigaOM’s David Meyer:

[quote qtext=”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” qperson=”” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

Established in 2008, FlexyCore’s main product was DroidBooster, a technology that the company claimed improved the performance of Android devices by several times. Here’s how the technology is described on ARM’s Partners website:

[quote qtext=”DroidBooster’s principle relies on improving the performance of an Android handset at build-time by generating highly optimized ARM binary from Dalvik code. DroidBooster can be applied to any ARM based platform, any Smartphone range (high/low/mid) and is compatible with any Android system.” qperson=”” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

And here’s a video presentation of FlexyCore’s technology:

There’s a chance Google acquired FlexyCore mostly for the engineering talent, in a so-called “acquihire”. But it’s also possible that FlexyCore’s DroidBooster technology will be (or has already been) integrated into Android, contributing to smoother performance even on less capable hardware.

The WSJ reported in June that KitKat will lower the barrier to entry in terms of hardware requirements, and even Google’s KitKat teaser page seems to suggest something along that line: “it’s our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everyone”.

We should find Google’s KitKat plans soon – the tech giant is rumored to launch the latest version of Android by the end of the month.

  • Blowntoaster

    interesting. hope this makes Android an even more fluid and powerful platform…

  • jackabood

    android needs to have better battery management i mean there is small little tweaks that can really benefit the battery

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    • adam evans

      This would be good! But this tends to lie in the imagination, code can me made to run quicker and thus more efficiently but any serious gains are difficult. Maybe a way of shutting things down based on location or time of day which already exist.

      Energy optimisation is mainly a hardware thing though.

      What we all need Is the next generation from lithium ion to reach economic maturity and save us all

      • jackabood

        things like wifi/bluetooth/gps auto toggle can really help
        first thing i download when i get a phone is ” deep sleep ”

        some low level os tweaks could really make a difference

  • Subzer0

    please we need 4000 mAh batteries in androids already.. im tired of buying new purses to hold the extra battery life extenders.. but my girl thinks i look cute.

    • raazman

      Haha, made my morning.

      • Lashek Powell

        Yeah fat girls with UGG on and a big android phone.look like ratchet Polar bear

    • APai

      please we need 4000 mAh batteries…. IN ANY PHONE.
      doesn’t matter what software/ OS it runs, we use too much network/ screentime/ cpu-gpu.

  • xxxninja

    sprint galaxy note 2 still hasn’t been updated to 4.3. Come on.

    • Oli72

      Its coming next year sir. My brother is with sprint and haven’t got it either. Hear is some good news note 4 will get the new snapdragon processor next year when it comes out. Also that was another reason why I left sprint for T-Mobile. Nexus 4 owner now.

      • xxxninja

        next year is no good. i want it now!! i am switching from sprint, their service is terrible and has only gotten worse over the last 10 years. switching to GSM, and considering the nexus 5 depending on the camera and battery.

        • Oli72

          Awesome. Waiting for that Nexus 5 too. Selling my Nexus 4.

  • csharpner

    “Google’s acquires” ?

  • alleyway

    I hope this means we can run next Android 5 on phone with 256MB RAM :) *finger crossed*

    Yeah it might sound silly. But hey, that’s what “amazing Android experience available for everyone” means, right ? :)

    • Farmaan

      256 might be asking for too much lol

  • Tulai Paul

    Good technology and business news for the commoners. If Google can directly look after the company that attempts to offer a faster Android experience, there is nothing like that. Even the companies like admob or appnext or chartboost may think of keeping some in-house mobile apps and developers to implement their strategies.

  • Lisandro O Oocks

    I’m pretty sure buying companies isn’t the same as acquiring power ups.

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