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Google Invests $23 Million in FlexyCore to Make Future Versions of Android Smoother

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Google’s constant quest to make Android even better for the end user continues on with their latest investment. With the introduction of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, we received Project Butter which was a huge change for how Android handled. The idea being that butter is slippery and smooth, something our favorite mobile OS was in need of after suffering for years with what we tend to call “jank.” Google, always thinking they can do more, has gone out and acquired FlexyCore

FlexyCore is a company that specializes in optimizing Android and making it run not just smoother, but better as well. Google apparently saw enough from their DroidBooster app and figured that it was worth bringing them into the fold. Their services and past work are reportedly worth $23 million to Google, as that is the price they paid. Google vouched for them in a quote to GigaOm, saying FlexyCore has “strong expertise in building software to optimize Android device performance, and we think they’d be a great fit with our team.”

It sounds like the FlexyCore team has already been integrated into the Android team, so work on improving Android could begin pretty soon.

Via: GigaOM

  • Leonardo Rojas

    Good news n.n But my Xperia Pro running Gingerbread was buttery smooth almost to years ago, already O.o

  • Elliot Kotis

    where can I find droidbooster!

  • AbbyZFresh

    Boy Google sure has money to spend on other companies practically once every month do they. lol

  • RoadsterHD1

    This is going to be good. Wonder how long before we see any results.

  • Jason Tsujimura

    Project Crisco?

  • Guy Meatdrapes

    This isn’t the Nexus 5

  • shooter50

    Hope its an improvement on Project Butter. The original Nexus 7 was a dog.

  • Milind Shah

    i have managed to get the droidbooster apk by a link posted by a guest below (http://androiddev.orkitra.com/download/apps/?appid=-6113854918462729941&download=com.flexycore.uibench)

    here is the download link i have uploaded if the link above goes down! https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByyqVZ3cJSj1eVV3ZG03NDlpdjA/edit?usp=drive_web

    • Nick Klenchik

      Is this just a visual thing to show off what their code can do?

      • Milind Shah

        Yeah seems like it

    • TheDrizzle

      Have you used it yet? How reliable do you think the apk is?

      • flosserelli

        I had never heard of FlexyCore or droidbooster until today. Googling suggests the droidbooster market “app” was just a technology demo or proof of concept. I seriously doubt that apk will magically transform your device into a speed demon.

      • Milind Shah

        Seems reliable no fishy permissions

  • Nexus_FrEak

    Dang it DL… What are you hiding where is K? Vacation my arse!

  • Brandon Hinson

    Meanwhile Apple buys Komatsu. Plans to make future iOS versions even flatter than 7.

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  • leenephi

    Can we get a link to the DroidBooster app? I can’t seem to find it.

  • enigmaco

    With all the improvements being made by Google, is root not going to be necessary in the foresee future?

    • Adrynalyne

      Root never fixed Android jank anyway.

      It just masked it or minimized it via overclocking.

    • Butters619

      So long an Android OEMs let carriers fill their phones with junk, root will be necessary.

      • enigmaco

        True for that aspect I can see it being needed

      • trixnkix637

        What about the disabling option?

        • Big_EZ

          Well the fact that most devices no longer have microSD slots, and have 16-32gb internal storage still creates an issue of space with disabled apps still taking up valuable storage space.

          • George Davis

            Yeah but those disabled apps are installed on the system partition, which is of fixed size. Rooting and deleting them will not get you any space back on the Data partition where you could actually use it.

          • Raven

            Finally, someone else that gets it. I have had to explain that so many times.

          • Big_EZ

            But you can install apps to the system partition, so the space isn’t wasted.

          • Big_EZ

            Your correct, but I install/move some apps to the system partition.

        • Butters619

          For one, I’d rather remove rather than mask.

          For two, disabling doesn’t allow you to remove all of the processes carriers or OEMs put on your phone. If you’ve ever gone in to titanium backup, you’ll notice there are a lot more processes in there.

    • enigmaco

      Someone seriously downvoted a valid question? Wow…..

      • jbdan

        Pay no attention. Happens all the time. Watch…I’ll get one for this comment :)

        • trixnkix637

          Had to. Sorry man.

          • Adrynalyne

            You made me do it.

            Tsk, tsk.

          • jbdan

            No problem mate. Your choice ;)

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          You’re welcome.

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            Ty sir :D

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        • leenephi

          He said 1, not 4!!

        • enigmaco

          Me thinks I have a enemy on here, oh well they can join the list

          • Adrynalyne

            I’ve many. Lets see how many downvotes I get.

        • Patrick Bateman

          titties…

          here come the upvotes!!!

        • Trueblue711

          I was so tempted to hit up/down but both are at 12 now!

      • leenephi

        I’ll upvote to counter the silly downvotes ;)

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        It’s because nobody played with them when they were kids.

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    • WickedToby741

      I haven’t rooted since 2011. Don’t need to anymore, especially now that I’m rocking two Nexus devices.

      • Alexander Anteneh

        the only time i have had reason to root was on my vzw gnex to get Jelly bean because it took so long

    • Daistaar

      Sounds like it. I remember Koush and the CM team made similar remarks about SuperUser going away as everything it was needed for before is already being built into the API’s. Essentially, google is giving us everything SU did without actually needing it and closing up vulnerabilities for Enterprise at the same time. Everybody wins. ;)

    • Big_EZ

      Well there’s still the need for backups and restoring our data. Google has moved in the right direction with cloud saves, but not all devs use it. Also with root and titanium I can restore my SMS, MMS, call logs, etc. I think one day this will be built in without the need for root, but until then. Also I’ll keep rooting until a manufacturer gives me a robust theme tool similar to the way UOT kitchen was for Froyo and Gingerbread.

      • jbdan

        You can restore those things without root as well (right? can’t you?)

        • Big_EZ

          I’m not sure if this is something new, but I don’t know of any way to restore app data without root. Restoring SMS and MMS is only possible via root as well as far as I know. I know carriers carriers can restore SMS, but not always correctly, and they can’t restore MMS (as of this past January)

          • jbdan

            I always root (becoming less needed imo though) so I’m not sure on this but I thought there were a plethora of apps in play store that could restore/backup sms/mms. App data I think you are correct

          • Big_EZ

            There are apps that restore SMS, although I had issues with dates and times. They don’t (or didn’t) work at all for MMS.

          • BroRob

            What is a plethora? You said there is a plethora of apps and I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is.

          • jbdan

            You should tell me since you think I don’t know :)

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            Evidently the people that down voted me have never seen the 3 Amigos… jeez.

          • T4rd

            Pretty sure Helium can backup/restore everything without root. I’ve never used it though since I’m rooted and use Titanium.

            https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.koushikdutta.backup

          • Big_EZ

            Does it always work now? I only tried it once shortly after it came out and it was hit or miss with what would restore correctly.

            Edit: I only saw the link at first.

          • T4rd

            I’m not sure since I’ve never used it. It seems like it works well enough looking at the reviews. Unless you’re on a Motorola phone, like it says in the description.

          • aznmode1

            I found it works for google apps only. Atleast in my case. If you sideload an app that’s not in the playstore like from xda. It won’t restore its data. Maybe it’s user error but I tried it several times. Also found several apps even though available in the play store did not restore data. It’s still a pretty good solution though for not having root. But I prefer to still use titanium backup which requires root.

        • enigmaco

          Trustgo antivirus and mobile will let you back up sms, call logs, and other things and store it on the cloud. I did when I was using my droid 3, hopping from systems.

      • Milind Shah

        most games (will agree about game devs not updating) now have google play integration, which saves your game to whatever stage you were, and as for apps, there aren’t any apps that you can’t download from the play store or are too big to do so. and as for the sms and mms, there are many apps available for you to back those up!

        • Big_EZ

          Not sure what the apps being able to be downloaded means. The data is what I restore for the apps. I have used many apps to restore SMS and MMS, but they have all required root. This may have changed recently.

          • Milind Shah

            Yeah one can backup SMS and MMS without root. Check the play store, and as far as the apps go, there is an app manager to backup all .apk files of everything you have installed in es file explorer itself. :-) and if you really want to backup your data of the apps, use helium. I think I have cleared out all your backup problems! :-)

          • Big_EZ

            So far all the non root SMS, MMS restore apps didn’t work correctly. I had issues with dates and times being incorrect for SMS, and MMS didn’t work at all. This may have been fixed by now, but I’ve tried many different ones in the past (while waiting for a new device to be rooted)

          • Milind Shah

            They have worked wonders for me and NY dad :-/ anyway helium does that as well, try it out if you haven’t, it only requires you to connect to the computer once every reboot

      • Kevin

        This is the app I use to restore sms and backup. Your device doesn’t need to be root. It works really good for me to backup sms and then restore it back on another phone.

        https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore

    • David Narada Brown

      good ?

    • Blue Sun

      Certain NFC enabled features cannot be obtained with out the ROOT feature.

    • Bigwavedave25

      Root access will always be necessary to those who want to customize their experience beyond the built in “stock” capabilities. Bootloader unlock is a different story and IMO has a better chance of not being a necessity.

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    • ManBearPig618

      I feel no need to root my N7 (2013)

    • enigmaco

      So in essence root is needed to a point, but not to the degree it once was.

  • leenephi

    Awww yeahhhh..!