Apple acquires Canadian mobile app testing startup Buddybuild

By Ernie Smith  Jan 4 2018

By Ernie Smith Jan 4 2018

Reportedly, by integrating with services like GitHub, BitBucket and GitLab, Buddybuild helps developers launch their apps faster. The move is expected to simplify app development for coders as Buddybuild can be integrated into Apple's suite of software development tools called Xcode.

Apple also partnered with GE in October to enable developers create a series of industrial apps to iPhones and iPads.

"We're excited to share that the buddybuild team has joined the Xcode engineering group at Apple to build incredible developer tools for the entire iOS community", the buddybuild team wrote in a post.

Apple has reported that App Store customers spent $300 million in purchases on New Year's Day 2018 alone and $890 million in total over the week starting from Christmas Eve. "Beta testers and stakeholders get a streamlined, "one click" install experience as buddybuild manages provisioning profiles and devices for you", the company wrote.

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Buddybuild was founded back in 2015 by two former Amazon employees named Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott.

Moreover, integration of machine learning with Core ML in building apps is also attracting developers to the platform. Similarly, when Apple acquired TestFlight, it also discontinued Android compatibility, which removed a vital development tool from the ecosystem of Google. Of the $17 billion generated in Q3 from apps globally (excluding China), Apple accounted for around $11 billion of it, according to App Annie. In its almost three years of existence, the startup has managed to raise around $8.8 million, including a $7.6 million Series A led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield back in May of 2016. Billions of dollars in research have poured into it. Companies are already generating substantial revenue, and even more wondrous products are in the pipeline.

The system should fit nicely into Apple's existing set of tools, bringing additional methods for testing, debugging and deploying mobile apps through a proprietary channel. Some of the other clients include Mozilla, Hootsuite, Reddit, SoundCloud, FourSquare and The New York Times. Its subscribers of Free Starter plans and Android app development will have up to March 1 to use the service.

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