Apple keen on acquiring app development companies; here's the latest one

05 January, 2018, 14:00 | Author: Marie Harrington
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"Beta testers and stakeholders get a streamlined, "one click" install experience as buddybuild manages provisioning profiles and devices for you", the company wrote.

Buddybuild, which and touts itself as a "continuous integration, continuous deployment, and user feedback platform" for app development, now helps developers to release iOS and Android apps using GitHub, GitLab, and BitBucket.

Developers favor Buddybuild, as the tool affords them quick and easy deployment of mobile applications through multiple channels such as GitHub, BitBucket, or GitLab.

"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. It celebrated that fact by noting that it's a proud Canadian company.

The Canadian firm also made clear that its entire roster of talents will remain in Canada and that its core service "to build, test, and ship iOS apps to testers" will remain available to existing users.

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So far, Apple has not disclosed any financial terms about the deal.

Apple App Store now offers users close to 2,000 ARKit-enabled apps across various categories like games, shopping, education, social media, and more. As to when it will happen, both companies did not give a specific timeline. Google Play Store continues to dominate the app market despite the tough competition from Apple's app store, which is obviously causing lot of anguish for the iPhone maker. It should also be noted that the startup will working on the Android app development that it had started last February. Similarly, when Apple acquired TestFlight, it also discontinued Android compatibility, which removed a vital development tool from the ecosystem of Google. 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. The noteworthy aspect of this development is how the startup was meant to make the work of developers much easier via testing and improvements.

In December, Pokémon Go went to the top of the App Store charts after receiving an update which included part of the game being built around Apple's ARKit framework which provides a more detailed and realistic gameplay. Apps generated $17 billion in Q3.

Apple is on track to double Services revenues of $24 billion in fiscal 2016 by 2020. And on New Years Day alone, people spent $300 million in the App Store, beating out last year's record-setting number of $240 million in purchases on January 1, 2017. Thus, it just makes sense that Apple wants to ensure that its platform and apps remain developer-friendly.

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