Google has purchased French company FlexyCore in a €16.9 million (£14.4 million) deal that will likely give a boost to its Android operating system.
A Google spokesman confirmed the acquisition, but declined to offer further details.
Five-year-old FlexyCore helps to optimise the Android OS for manufacturers and carriers, as well as consumers, via apps like DroidBooster, which appears to have been removed from the Google Play store. The aim, according to French publication L'Expansion, is to boost the device's execution speed without draining the battery.
The Google-FlexyCore partnership has apparently been in the works since September 2012, the French paper revealed; the deal was finalised earlier this month.
"The FlexyCore team has strong expertise in building software to optimise Android device performance, and we think they'd be a great fit with our team," Google told GigaOm.
Though details are scarce, GigaOm suggested that this new alliance will help Android — already a smooth operator on high-end smartphones and tablets — work more efficiently on lower-end devices.
Google will likely showcase its new FlexyCore integration in the next version of its operating system — Android 4.4 KitKat. There is no word yet on when the updated OS will launch; sign up on the company's announcement page to receive more information.
As of early October, the current version of Android, Jelly Bean, was available on 48.6 per cent of Android devices. The older Gingerbread was running on 28.5 per cent while Ice Cream Sandwich could be found on 20.6 per cent.
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