Google Acquiring Mobile-Testing Company DrawElements

Google Inc. (GOOG) is acquiring graphics company DrawElements Ltd. to improve its mobile Android software.

Terms weren’t disclosed. The Helsinki-based company assists device makers in testing graphics chips so that software developers can more easily build programs on their gadgets. Its technology will be incorporated into a Google program that seeks to ensure that Android operates consistently across various devices, DrawElements said on its website today.

Google is stepping up acquisitions as it looks to bring in fresh talent and features to bolster its businesses. The Mountain View, California-based Web search company has announced at least 10 deals this year, including a $3.2 billion acquisition of thermostat maker Nest Labs Inc., according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Android is a key focus for Google as more consumers move their digital lives onto smartphones and tablets. Android-based handsets made up 78 percent of the global smartphone industry in 2013, up from 66 percent in 2012, according to Gartner Inc. The No. 2 player was Apple Inc.’s iPhone, which had 16 percent, down from 19 percent.

Google confirmed the DrawElements deal and didn’t have any comment beyond the startup’s online statement.

DrawElements was founded in 2008 and is owned by employees and companies including Symbio Ltd. and Lots Ltd., the company said on its website.

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