Google Android: Purchases Performance Firm FlexyCore for Reported $23 Million
Google has acquired French startup FlexyCore, the company best-known for Android performance booster DroidBooster.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but France's L'Expansion, which first reported the news, claims the deal is for $23 million. Google confirmed the FlexyCore purchase just today, but has already removed DroidBooster from Google Play.
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The acquistion has been "a year in the making," according to Tech Crunch, and the startup team has already integrated with the Google Android squad, according to the Google statement.
The technology is being pitched as a way to bring "high end performance to low end devices."
Android 4.4 KitKat
Leaked screenshots of the purported Android 4.4 KitKat update have shown up on a Nexus 7 tablet from 2013.
The new images seem to confirm previous rumors that the upcoming OS will include "better support for wireless printing from Android devices and possibly native NFC payment options," according to ZDNet, with the addtion of Tap & Pay with Google Wallet. Other new features include Quickoffice, an updated Settings icon and downloads screen.
A few weeks ago, Android 4.4 KitKat was tipped for an October release date, according to a Facebook post by Nestle. Rumors had been swirling that the update could be coming in October, possibly with Nexus 5 and Nexus 11. It has been a year since Google unveiled its last major system update, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which shipped on the original Nexus 7 tablet.
KitKat will not only be great for the new devices coming out, but will also pump some new features into existing smartphones and tablets that should help improve the user experience. The Android 4.4 update will be supported by older smartphones running versions like Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Honeycomb and Ice-cream Sandwich since KitKat can reach a larger number of devices than the previous major system updates.
The Android 4.4 update is said to include a re-designed Vanilla UI, new animations, visual tweaks, new notification widgets and different color options to alter the default Android blue color.
Here are six features users of older smartphones and tablets can expect with KitKat:
-Android Cloud Storage
Users will not need to rely on third-party apps like Dropbox or Google Drive any longer, as Android 4.4 will store and sync data with the user's device.
-Global Network Coverage
A LTE network coverage system with a wider range of gloval network coverage.
-Smooth Screen Orientation
Smooth and fast responsive screen orientation without the problems from previous editions.
-Better Battery Life
Light RAM storage and better management UI will help save battery power, along with Bluetooth 4.0.
-Better Security and Bug Fixes
A better security system for devices from any external bugs.
Here's what else we know about Android 4.4 KitKat:
Android 4.4 Release Date
Google's next operating system is set for a release on October 14th along with Nexus 5 and possibly Nexus 11, according to a recent report. Considering Android OS's have been released in the summer and the fall, and since Android 4.3 kept to this pattern, October seems like a good target date.
Android 4.4 Name
Though it was previously thought to be called Key Lime Pie, Android chief Sundar Pichai announced that the OS will instead be nicknamed KitKat earlier this month on Twitter. Google is even going to team up with Nestle to make some Android-themed Kit Kat bars, according to ABC News. A KitKat Android statue has even been unveiled in front of the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Android 4.4 Features
Rumored news includes the OS's ability to run on Nexus 5, a Nexus 10 tablet and other devices, including the rumored Nexus Q smartwatch, a game console, and even dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines. Android 4.4 will likely be able to run on a larger number of Android phones than previous versions, as well.