Google spent $25 million to buy a Toronto start-up called PushLife that creates mobile applications to organize, share and play music , and may use the technology for Android's new music streaming service.
PushLife reported the news on its website and Google confirmed the buy. The company's apps let Android or BlackBerry phones sync with iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries on a computer and gives them iPhone-like capabilities, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
The start-up was founded in 2008 by Ray Reddy, a University of Waterloo graduate who previously worked in corporate development for Research in Motion, BlackBerry's parent company.
Rumors of Google's new cloud music player for Android have surfaced, perhaps to counter the same service from Amazon, but few details are known. Adding more capability to the service, including letting an Android handset have access to non-platform services, could give Google's new service the edge.