Google’s latest acquisition should help give Android a speed boost

The silicon powering our smartphones grows more powerful every year, but chips more and more capable at raw number-crunching are only a part of the performance equation. We’ve got to look at all number of bottlenecks, including memory, storage, and the system software itself. Google’s been making solid progress delivering a smoother and less laggy Android in recent years, thanks in no small part to its own Project Butter. Today we start looking at what may be the key to Google’s next effort to speed-up Android, as it acquires France’s FlexyCore.

Just what is FlexyCore, you ask? It’s the team that was behind DroidBooster, a system intended to optimize Java performance. Google paid what works out to about $23 million for FlexyCore, and is apparently integrating the company’s staff right into its Android group.

The DroidBooster demo app is no longer available for download, so it doesn’t take too much reading between the lines here to get the distinct impression that Google is looking to take its Java-optimizing goodness and bake that right in to Android itself. We’ve got no sense of just how long that might take, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye out for in future Android releases.

Source: L’Expansion (Google Translate)
Via: GigaOM

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