Apple has acquired the Vancouver-based app tools company Buddybuild. The move is expected make it easier for developers to create apps for the iOS community.
Apple has bought the Vancouver-based app tools start-up Buddybuild. The company`s move comes in an effort to make it easier for developers to create apps for the iOS community.
Apple confirmed the deal directly to Tech Crunch, but no financial details were disclosed.
According to Buddybuild`s announcement of the acquisition, their services will remain available to existing customers to build, test and ship iOS apps through buddybuild.com. However, they wrote that the company would no longer accept new customers.
The newly acquired service should fit into Apple`s existing set of tools, making it possible to test, debug and deploy mobile apps in new ways through a proprietary channel. In other words, this would be easier for programmers to make apps for iOS. Apps are important for smartphone makers because they are one of the reasons why users buy their devices. Then, applications could even become a separate revenue source.
The acquisition of Buddybuild means that Apple strives to make its platform and development tools are developer-friendly. This matters especially because Google`s Android is currently outstripping Apple in downloads.
It seems like it is a general strategy of the company to increase its market share generated from apps. In 2014, Apple acquired mobile app testing platform TestFlight. The latter reportedly announced at the time that they would stop supporting Android.
Founded in 2015 by formed Amazon employees Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott, Buddybuild has managed to raise about $8.8 million to date.
In its statement announcing the acquisition, the company said the deal would lead to hiring more developing and engineering talent in Canada. Buddybuild added that Vancouver has turned into a hotbed for software development, so it would be beneficial for both Apple and the local community.