Apple Acquires Canadian App Development Firm for Undisclosed Amount

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For iOS developers, Apple's acquisition should ultimately be a boon, making app development a bit easier and streamlined. This takes effect beginning March 2018.

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

Starting today, Buddybuild will stop accepting new customers through its portal.

Buddybuild operates from Vancouver in British Columbia and runs with the help of 40 full-time engineers.

Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott founded the startup in 2015.

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Buddybuild features a customizable workflow, automated unit and UI testing, one click continuous deployment, user insight, and integrated services. In simple words, Buddybuild offers tools for developers that are created to let them quickly and easily build apps through GitHub, BitBucket, or GitLab.

In a blog post, Vancouver-based Buddybuild announced that it was going to become part of Apple's umbrella going forward. Similarly, when Apple acquired TestFlight, it also discontinued Android compatibility, which removed a vital development tool from the ecosystem of Google. Apple told TechCrunch the team will remain in Canada and the Buddybuild platform will be rolled into Apple development suite Xcode.

The move echoes Apple's acquisition of TestFlight back in 2014, which began to require users to employ Xcode to utilize the service. The startup has managed to raise around $8.8 million in three years of existence.

So far, Apple has not disclosed any financial terms about the deal. On paper, at least, Buddybuild would add to what TestFlight now offers with a deeper range of developer options and support for app developers covering Apple's range of mobile operating systems.

Aside from new hardware sales which inevitably spurted sales, Apple also places some of the responsibility for the increased income on the new App Store saying that it made "app and game discovery fun and easy for the over half a billion customers that visit the App Store every week". Its list of existing customers is impressive as it includes Mozilla, Hootsuite, Reddit and The New York Times.

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