Apple acquires Canadian software startup Buddybuild to woo app developers

05 January, 2018, 14:00 | Author: Carmen Reese
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APPLE HAS KICKED off the new year by acquiring Buddybuild, a Canadian startup that helps developers test and manage their apps.

Apple also said it paid out developers $26.5 billion in 2017, up from $20 billion in 2016. This takes effect beginning March 2018.

So, now Apple has acquired the startup and now, the entire Buddybuild team will join their hands with the engineers in Xcode engineering group at Apple to "build incredible developer tools for the entire iOS community", with Buddybuild being rolled into Xcode itself.

So, it's clear that the service will remain available for current customers, and company will not accept any new customer. To boost subscriber base, the company is now venturing into original programming.

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Buddybuild was founded back in 2015 by two former Amazon employees named Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott. Essentially, the company is "focused on continuous integration and debugging tools" to provide support to app developers, notes the report. Developers can integrate with popular tools such as GitHub, Slack, JIRA, HipChat and Trello. In a couple of months, Apple will discontinue to tools for Android, making Buddybuild exclusive to iOS developers, Buddybuild said in a blog post announcing the migration to Apple. In 2014, Apple purchased the third-party service, TestFlight, which helps developers in testing and collecting the feedback for the iOS apps.

Apple has been undertaking a lot of initiatives to make the platform more attractive to developers.

Aside from new hardware sales which inevitably spurted sales, Apple also places some of the responsibility for the increased income on the new App Store saying that it made "app and game discovery fun and easy for the over half a billion customers that visit the App Store every week". Buddybuild had raised $8.8 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, First Round Capital, Bloomberg Beta, Amplify Partners and a number of individual investors, including Mike Vernal, Dave Johnson, Steve Garrity and Douglas Purdy.

No financial terms have been disclosed for the deal. Some of the other clients include Mozilla, Hootsuite, Reddit, SoundCloud, FourSquare and The New York Times.

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