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Google acquires Flexycore to enhance Android Project Butter

It has a need... a need for speed
Wed Oct 23 2013, 11:35

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has acquired the French code optimiser Flexycore to make Project Butter even more buttery.

The deal worth $23m sees the Rennes, France based software developer removing its Android Booster app from the Google Play store amidst speculation that the code will be merged into Android.

Started by ex-Texas Instruments CTO Gilbert Cabillic in 2008, Flexycore boasted that it gave users "high end at the low end", and it's easy to see why. The app, designed to give smaller and lower powered phones a boost in performance, claimed to be able to accelerate any code by up to 10 times. We can't help but wonder if that might be a slight French exaggeration of the form "Johnny Hallyday is more important than Elvis".

Although the acquisition has only just been announced, it appears that Google had designs on the business for some time, and indeed the staff of Flexycore had already been incorporated into fully fledged Googlers. We can therefore surmise that we might see the first fruits of the acquisition in the upcoming release of Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

Although this move could be used to deliver the same experience while lowering hardware costs, it more likely will let Google up its game for the Android mobile operating system, with low-end devices seeing real speed increases and making flagship phones even faster than iPhones. µ


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