Apple Buys An App Development Service

"We're excited to share that the Buddybuild team has joined the Xcode engineering group at Apple to build wonderful developer tools for the entire iOS community", the company announced, likewise confirming that Buddybuild will soon become an exclusive iOS developer tool.

TechCrunch reported that the acquisition will apparently make the process more convenient for developers to create newer apps for Apple's mobile and tablet platforms.

"The buddybuild service will remain available to existing customers to build, test and ship iOS apps to testers through buddybuild.com", it added. "We've always been proud to be a Canadian company, so we're also pleased that we will be staying right here in Vancouver - a hotbed of developer and engineering talent". It should also be noted that the startup will working on the Android app development that it had started last February.

While Buddybuild will continue to serve its existing customers as a standalone product through its website, it won't accept new customers through that portal, coming into effect from today. Similarly, when Apple acquired TestFlight, it also discontinued Android compatibility, which removed a vital development tool from the ecosystem of Google.

This small-scale acquisition comes just weeks after Apple confirmed it was buying London-based music discovery outfit Shazam. Services, which include revenues from Internet Services, App store, Apple Music, AppleCare, Apple Pay, licensing and other services, surged 34% year over year to almost $8.5 billion in the last quarter. Furthermore, it is expected to make developing and iterating apps for iOS platforms much easier.

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

AAPL recently acquired Vancouver, Canada based "mobile iteration platform", Buddybuild for an undisclosed amount.

The company was established in 2015 by former Amazon employees. During its three years of existence, it raised around $8.8 million.

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