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Apple acquires Canadian software startup Buddybuild to woo app developers

05 January 2018

Apple wants to boost its efforts to entice developers.

Apple Inc. has acquired Buddybuild, a Vancouver, Canada-based startup that offers tools to help developers build and test mobile apps. It is a startup company based in Vancouver.

Buddybuild, which and touts itself as a "continuous integration, continuous deployment, and user feedback platform" for app development, now helps developers to release iOS and Android apps using GitHub, GitLab, and BitBucket. Developers can integrate with popular tools such as GitHub, Slack, JIRA, HipChat and Trello.

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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 awesome developer tools for the entire iOS community", with Buddybuild being rolled into Xcode itself. It celebrated that fact by noting that it's a proud Canadian company.

Currently, the team has more than 40 engineers. As to when it will happen, both companies did not give a specific timeline. It should also be noted that the startup will working on the Android app development that it had started last February. In 2017, iOS developers earned $26.5 billion, a 30 percent increase over the prior year, Apple said. Furthermore, it is expected to make developing and iterating apps for iOS platforms much easier.

The robust performance of the App Store bodes well for Apple's Services business. They help in attracting more users to purchase their devices.

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Many Industry experts continue to argued that since IOS is a closed operating system, it won't exactly dominate the app market like Android, which is an open source operating system. Although Apple's iPhones have continued to be outstripped by devices powered by Google's Android, they still generate considerably more revenue from apps. And on New Years Day alone, people spent $300 million in the App Store, beating out last year's record-setting number of $240 million in purchases on January 1, 2017.

Apple's CEO Tim Cook loves to tell analysts during their quarterly financial calls that Apple's services is a huge new force at Apple.

The move echoes Apple's acquisition of TestFlight back in 2014, which began to require users to employ Xcode to utilize the service.

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Buddybuild was established in 2015 by former Amazon employees Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott. Reportedly, the company has raised a total of $8.8 million in funding. Its list of existing customers is impressive as it includes Mozilla, Hootsuite, Reddit and The New York Times.

Apple acquires Canadian software startup Buddybuild to woo app developers