Google buys the company behind DroidBooster to speed up Android, cross fingers for KitKat

Google is apparently not satisfied with its Project Butter undertaking that was introduced alongside Jelly Bean, and aims to make its mobile OS even smoother going forward.
The Mountain View giant just bought FlexyCore, a French company that gave us the DroidBooster app. The application has subsequently been pulled, but that might have been since Google was evidently in talks with the developers there for over a year, until it finally acquired it for $23 million. That might mean we could see the DroidBooster optimizations embedded in Android 4.4 KitKat already, but let's see what Google announces by the end of the month.

FlexyCore specializes in Android kernel optimizations that make the mobile OS much faster and more fluid, so Google had their own work cut out for them. In fact, the statement is exactly along those lines: “the FlexyCore team has strong expertise in building software to optimize Android device performance, and we think they’d be a great fit with our team”. Right on.

source: RudeBaguette via GigaOm



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Just another hint that low spec phones will run smoothly soon.

2. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Go to sleep troll !

3. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

The only troll in this comment thread is you.

5. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

What is trollish in what he said?

6. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I think we've all lost the definition of "troll". It now means "person who says something you don't agree with."

21. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I agree..

26. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I disagree with that, troll.

8. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

I think you misunderstood his post.

42. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013


4. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I agree PapSmurf ! I'm still waiting for the Nexus 5 to decide on my next phone. I hope it works with At&t

38. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

There is no need to hope. It will work on att. It is Verizon and sprint customers who should be concerned.

43. thunder18

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

Actually, I thought a version of it already passed through the FCC with Sprint bands. Sprint's Galaxy Nexus was updated and surpassed the version of Android on Verizon's Galaxy Nexus due to the delays in approving updates Google encountered with Verizon.

15. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

It that's true then India, China, and African countries will see a massive influx of phones that are affordable and run well. Only Google getting complacent will stop the little green robot if that happens.

31. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Seeing Google expand into almost every business sector that makes money (and many that don't), I don't think Google will ever be complacent or satisfied. For Google, it's never good enough.

25. maguro

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

they just now completed acquisition. how do you expect this to be in 4.4 which is already done developing??

36. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I said soon, not immediately.

7. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

at least google admit their phones be lagging some people be saying nope not my phone, but I give google major props for trying to get their phone lag less, dont worry you will get their google, everything takes time and patience

9. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

It doesn't lag. There is absolutely no lag on any top tier un-skinned devices like the Nexus 4 or Moto X or Droid Ultra. Google is trying to eliminate lag on the $100 off contract phones that are popular in China and India and other emerging markets. That use CPUs from 3 years ago. That's Google's aim with this acquisition. That's their aim with KitKat in general.

12. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Sounds good to me. While Apple is tacking on features that slow down their older (1+ year old) devices, Google is looking to speed up all their devices. Kind of flies in the face of the usual planned obsolescence, but Google isn't in the business of selling hardware. They just need to retain users.

22. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Such an important point you just made. Google is in the business of as many people using as many of their devices as possible. A great way to do this at no additional cost to the end user is have fantastic software support for old phones. Extend their life cycle. brilliant.

35. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Agreed. Only downside is that it's a 2-4 year plan at best. It'll take that long for OEMs to start producing all levels of phones with Kit Kat and then wait for people to upgrade their current handsets. It is a bright future if 4.4 is geared more towards low end phones though, definitely be worth the wait.

37. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Except version doesn't actually mean anything anymore. All phones will be updated automatically behind the scenes to include the latest optimizations.

39. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Core apps though. While it's great to see Google take this road, you still need the kernel and OS to be updated to be more efficient. And the thing that is needed the most is longer battery efficiency. The most sold cell phone ever is a feature phone from Nokia that has a battery life of days (nearly a week if memory serves). Places where it's not always possible to charge a phone daily will require longer lasting batteries. Pricing and battery life are critical for the transition from feature phones to smart phones to occur. Everything is headed in that direction.

40. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

I totally agree NexusPhan my Ultra has 0 lag when I use it.

44. hmmm...

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Not trying to start a flame war here but this is from my own experience, it might be different for others. All phone OS start to lag after some usage. Android just start to lag the earliest. When S2 came out people say it doesn't lag, When s3 came out people say it doesn't lag and say that s2 lags because it isn't using a custom rom. Then note two comes out and they say s3 lag can be fix with custom rom. Each new device that comes out, people claim that it doesn't lag, even the Unskinned ones, but it does lag. When it is new, sure it doesn't lag, try installing 20 games and apps, uninstall and reinstall on all phone OS over a month and see which one starts to lag first. But with proper care, the lag on android is bearable.

13. in_core

Posts: 80; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Honestly the stock google phones dont really lag. The heavily skinned phones like S4 lags a bit from time to time. And one thing that actually made sense was a recent video posted by phonearena, about display touch response time. Apple uses displays with faster touch response, so in turn things feels much smoother.

23. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I disagreed with that article. Even on my two year old GNex versus girlfriends iPhone 5 (or really any top-tier smartphone I've used in the last year) all seem to have equally instantaneous response time. I feel like the response times are so fast now that we can't even notice the difference on a touch optimized OS. At least I can't tell at all.

29. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

And that's all that matters, remember? It's not specs it's the user experience . Who cares if you have faster response time if it's already faster than the user can detect?

10. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

So, a tiny company of enthusiasts knows how to optimizs android kernel better than the very father of Android, with billions of dollars behind hundreds of top-picked software experts. Now with that said, this is the last piece of the puzzle that was missing for Android. Not that it matters to me because my Note 3 is as fluent as can be, but it is critical for the general perception and for entry level market which is of prime importance for Android in its quest to win over billions "third world " customers

27. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Well that's the main deal with open source software, people are looking at things you aren't looking at. Since they know the source code they can dedicated themselves to optimize just for speed, whereas Google has a lot of things on their hands

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