Google has acquired GraphicsFuzz, an organization that builds a framework for testing the safety and reliability of Android graphics drivers. The information, which was first noticed by XDA-Developers, comes on the identical day Google introduced the discharge of Android 9 Pie.
A Google spokesperson confirmed the information to us however declined to offer any additional info. The businesses additionally declined to offer any particulars in regards to the worth of the acquisition.
The GraphicsFuzz workforce, which consists of co-founders Alastair Donaldson, Hugues Evrard and Paul Thomson, will be a part of the Android graphics workforce to convey its driver testing expertise to the broader Android ecosystem.
“GraphicsFuzz has pioneered the mixture of fuzzing and metamorphic testing to yield a extremely computerized technique for testing graphics drivers that shortly finds and fixes bugs that would undermine reliability and safety earlier than they have an effect on finish customers,” the workforce explains in at the moment’s announcement. The corporate’s founders began their work on the Department of Computing at Imperial Faculty London and acquired funding assist from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the TETRACOM EU venture.
Whereas that is clearly not the splashiest of acquisitions, it’s nonetheless an vital one. Within the fractured Android ecosystem, graphics drivers are one of many many items that make a cellphone or pill work — and once they don’t, it’s typically instantly apparent to the consumer. However damaged drivers additionally open a cellphone as much as security exploits. GraphicsFuzz makes use of the identical form of fuzzing technique, which primarily throws numerous random knowledge at a program, that’s additionally changing into more and more fashionable in different areas of software program improvement.