Apple acquires data compression firm AlgoTrim, could lead to faster iOS devices
AlgoTrim's main business is in the compression of processing instructions. This could lead to iOS users zipping through their photo galleries, or faster access to certain media files. Last March, it announced a new JPEG processor it developed that allows for quicker processing of such files. The company used this technology for a photo album app it created for Japanese carrier KDDI.
Currently, AlgoTrim has its software working in over 100 million devices, the majority of which are powered by iOS rival Android. Compared to Apple, AlgoTrim is but a grain of sand in the desert. Last year, the company grossed under half a million U.S. dollars. Ironically, the AlgoTrim website discusses the company's involvement with Android. While Apple wouldn't expressly confirm the acquisition, it did say "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
source: AlgoTrim via TechCrunch
1. sprockkets (Posts: 1314; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
$20 bucks their Android development will cease. dick move but theirs to make.
3. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 139; Member since: 15 May 2013)
Funny because iOS has always been faster than Android... (not a fanboy BTW)
5. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
With a dynamic OS , android requires or banks on better compression procedures to attain the butter flo speed that it currently has. iOS i presume worked just as well with their techniques. I see this move as a way to probably work hand in hand with cloud integration.
6. Sauce (unregistered)
Butter flo speed? Maybe in a handful of devices.
7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
IDK that compression accomplishes much on a handset, other than to free up space. Which would seem to be counterproductive to Apple selling larger capacity iToys.
Depending on how it is implemented, compression could impact cloud integration. OTOH, Apple might be looking at removing a good solution for Android from the market.
4. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)
This is great news!! :)
8. Eonnaydra (Posts: 209; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
Even iPhone 3GS is faster than a midrange android device,why do they need this?
9. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Because that 3GS didn't have many features, but with iOS7 changes that. Won't run on that 3GS either, btw.
10. AfterShock (Posts: 2900; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Lord'ing over, Litigation or just being Lame, I suspect a bit of each.
11. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
Lol seriously don't fool yourself. You probably ignore ios 6 on the 3gs. Pretty narrowminded comment.
12. iushnt (Posts: 728; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
because 3GS is a feature phone. When we talk aboout features in a smartphone then galaxy grand and other mid-range android devices outperform iphone 5.
with ios 7, apple is introducing true multitasking and several features(even though it may be present in android since 2 yrs) but now they will require good hardware to run or they will run very slow. they do require this if they want to maintain their fluidity in their devices.