Apple took another step to make its ecosystem more reliable by acquiring an app development firm. According to the recent updates, the iPhone maker has bought a Vancouver-based mobile app service Buddybuild. The Canadian based startup is known as building tools for mobile app developers and it introduced itself as a “mobile iteration platform” that deals with continuous integration and debugging tools. However, soon the company will be serving its service only to Apple as the tech giant announced to shut down its Android support for clients.
The startup announced in a blog post that it will continue to operate from its Vancouver headquarter and soon will be merged with Apple’s Xcode group of engineers. The Xcode is dedicated development suite from Apple for iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS. However, there is no specific time frame given for the move by Buddybuild. There is no revelation about the financial figures of agreement from either of the company yet.
Buddybuild also announced that it will continue to serve its existing customers but the company's website will no longer accept any new request starting from today. Moreover, Apple has decided to shut down its recently added Android service effective from March. This duplicates the Apple’s 2014 acquisition of TestFlight where it immediately ended the key Android app development service of the startup.
The acquisition will serve Apple great benefits in the long term by providing its development team a more efficient debugging and testing assistance. The tech giant will use the Buddybuild skills to make sure that all the apps deploying to its ecosystem are being tested through a reliable system. First TestFlight in 2014 and now Buddybuild, the company is continuously fueling its Xcode engineering department with latest skills required to conquer the market.
Google in spite of holding the major portion of the market with Android is still behind from Apple in terms of revenue generation. According to the App Annie total revenue generation of mobile apps in Q3 was $17 billion where Apple individually contributed $11 to the collection. However, there is no doubt Apple wanted to leave no stone unturned in order to become a one trillion company in 2018. In order to make its platform more developer-Friendly, the tech giant is expanding its empire by acquiring the app development startups.
Buddybuild was founded in 2015 by the Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott, both are the former employees of Amazon. In the short course of time, the startup has added big names to customers list including Slack, Mozilla, Reddit, Hootsuite, SoundCloud, New York Times and Foursquare. The startup has already raised the fund of $8.8 million, including a $7.6 million in series A.