In an attempt to hasten its efforts to bring in more developers, Apple Inc. has reportedly acquired Buddybuild, a Vancouver-based app tools start-up company to create more apps for Apple’s platform.
Buddybuild has positioned itself to be a “mobile iteration platform” and pushing various apps through GitHub, GitLab and BitBucket.
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The Canadian-based start-up company had confirmed that it was acquired by the Cupertino-based company when it released a statement earlier this week.
“We’re excited to share that the buddybuild team has joined the Xcode engineering group at Apple to build amazing developer tools for the entire iOS community,” the company said in a blog post.
“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 added.
Meanwhile, the company said that its service would remain available to its existing customers “to build, test, and ship iOS apps to testers through buddybuild.com.”
It, however, emphasized that it would no longer accept new customers. Buddy build also said that its existing Free Starter plans and Android app development will cease effective March 1, this year.
But Apple did not fully disclose the financial terms of the deal. What we know so far is that Buddybuild employed around 40 staff engineers. Part of the Apple’s acquisition is that the Canadian-based start-up company will be rolled into Xcode.
Xcode is Apple’s popular suite of development tools for its various platforms such as in iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.