American multinational technology company, Apple has acquired Canadian startup Buddybuild, a mobile iteration platform focused on building integration and debugging tools for iOS developers, for an undisclosed sum. The spokesperson from Buddybuild added that it would stay in Vancouver – a hotbed of developer and engineering talent and will no longer accept any new customer to provide services. Buddybuild was founded in 2015 by former Amazon employees Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott and later in 2014, Apple acquired TestFlight which began to require users to employ Xcode to utilize the service.
In the official statement, Buddybuild mentioned that “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 Buddybuild service will remain available to existing customers to build, test and ship iOS apps to testers through Buddybuild.com,” The company also added “Existing ‘Free Starter’ plans and Android app development will be discontinued on March 1, 2018,”
According to TechCrunch, Buddybuild will turn into Xcode, Apple’s suite of development tools for iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. as per the report, “Of the $17 billion (roughly Rs. 1.07 lakh crores) generated in Q3 from apps globally (excluding China), Apple accounted for around $11 billion (roughly Rs. 70,000 crores) of it, according to App Annie,”