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

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."


source: AlgoTrim via TechCrunch

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12 Comments

1. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Didn't know that iOS is slow...

3. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

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

5. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

9. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

11. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Lol seriously don't fool yourself. You probably ignore ios 6 on the 3gs. Pretty narrowminded comment.

12. iushnt

Posts: 3160; Member since: Feb 06, 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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