Apple has acquired a Canadian software startup named Buddybuild to entice app developers. Its seamless development platform that provides a complex solution for easily distributing apps to users and gathering bug reports, feedback and crash reports was launched in October 2015, and now it has just become one of Apple's many assets.
But the deal also means the effective end of the Android app development that the company added last February.
"We're excited to share that the Buddybuild team has joined the Xcode engineering group at Apple to build fantastic developer tools for the entire iOS community", the Vancouver-based outfit said in a blog post on Tuesday. As per reports, the company is working on a new unified code base in order to make things convenient for the developers to come up with the Mac versions of the apps.
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Buddybuild operates from Vancouver in British Columbia and runs with the help of 40 full-time engineers.
Developers favor Buddybuild, as the tool affords them quick and easy deployment of mobile applications through multiple channels such as GitHub, BitBucket, or GitLab.
In its blog post, Buddybuild said it will no longer take new customers as of Tuesday.
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The Xcode engineering group absorbing Buddybuild will only make the iOS environment more developer-friendly and presumably make Apple steps ahead of Google. Billions of dollars in research have poured into it. Companies are already generating substantial revenue, and even more wondrous products are in the pipeline. Services, which include revenues from Internet Services, App store, Apple Music, AppleCare, Apple Pay, licensing and other services, surged 34% year over year to almost $8.5 billion in the last quarter.
This acquisition is similar to the move of Apple when it acquired TestFlight in 2014. Since its establishment, the startup has managed to raise around $8.8 million.
Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of the photo sharing website Flickr and workspace messaging app Slack, has served as an adviser for Buddybuild. Although the service remains up for existing customers, the existing Free Starter plan and the development of Android apps will be killed on March 1, 2018.
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