Apple acquires Canadian mobile app testing startup Buddybuild


Buddybuild, the Canadian start-up, has also confirmed the news of it being acquired by Apple Inc. According to industry experts, the latest acquisition has been done to further strengthen the company's iOS development platform.Buddybuild revealed the deal on its official site and indicated that as a direct result of the buyout initiated by Apple, there will be key changes to expect.

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. The service will also remain available to current customers to create, test and ship their iOS apps through Google Play Store continues to dominate the app market despite the tough competition from Apple's app store, which is obviously causing lot of anguish for the iPhone maker. Based on Buddybuild's specialty, however, it will most likely have something to do with debugging as well as farming feedback from users.

The company was established in 2015 by former Amazon employees. Developers can integrate with popular tools such as GitHub, Slack, JIRA, HipChat and Trello. That service today operates as Apple's online service for over-the-air installation and testing of mobile applications offered to developers in the iOS Developer Program.

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However, the company didn't disclose any financial terms. In 2014, Apple acquired TestFlight which began to require users to employ Xcode to utilise the service. The startup has managed to raise around $8.8 million in three years of existence.

That means there were more than a billion dollars total in App Store purchases made during the holidays, a not-insignificant amount, especially when you consider third-party research reports that suggest the majority of smartphone users in the United States download zero new apps per month. The remaining roster of existing customers is an impressive one, including Mozilla, Hootsuite, Reddit, SoundCloud, FourSquare and The New York Times. The free starter plans and Android customers will lose access as of March 1st of this year.