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Apple acquires data compression firm AlgoTrim, could lead to faster iOS devices

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Apple acquires data compression firm AlgoTrim, could lead to faster iOS devices
In a bid to increase the speed of the Apple iPhone, there is speculation on Wednesday that Apple has purchased AlgoTrim. The company is known for its compression of data for mobile devices. AlgoTrim has been working on Android for the last few years and has a history dating back to 2005 when it first started working on featurephones.

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."

"AlgoTrim is dedicated to Android by reporting bugs) and integrating our fast codecs into the Library layer. We also improve and optimize the Framework Layer in the Android OS Stack to unlock the tremendous speed of our imaging codecs. Android smartphone device manufacturers benefits from our improved viewing speed in the Gallery photo album app, for example."-AlgoTrim from its website

source: AlgoTrim via TechCrunch

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posted on 28 Aug 2013, 11:10 2

1. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

$20 bucks their Android development will cease. dick move but theirs to make.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 11:20 6

2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Didn't know that iOS is slow...

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 11:23 10

3. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 228; Member since: 15 May 2013)

Funny because iOS has always been faster than Android... (not a fanboy BTW)

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 12:23 1

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.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 12:29

6. Sauce (unregistered)

Butter flo speed? Maybe in a handful of devices.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 12:52 1

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; 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.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 11:36 4

4. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)

This is great news!! :)

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 13:26 2

8. Eonnaydra (Posts: 217; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

Even iPhone 3GS is faster than a midrange android device,why do they need this?

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 14:50 3

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.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 14:57 1

10. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Lord'ing over, Litigation or just being Lame, I suspect a bit of each.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 16:37 1

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.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 22:22 2

12. iushnt (Posts: 2268; 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.

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