The Canadian software startup has reportedly been acquired to entice the contemporary app developers. To boost subscriber base, the company is now venturing into original programming. Developers can integrate with popular tools such as GitHub, Slack, JIRA, HipChat and Trello. It celebrated that fact by noting that it's a proud Canadian company. "The Buddybuild service will remain available to existing customers to build, test, and ship iOS apps to testers through buddybuild.com".
However, the company didn't disclose any financial terms.
Currently, the team has more than 40 engineers.
Yesterday, developer support service Buddybuild announced that it has been taken over by Apple for the development of iPhone apps. That being said neither Apple nor Buddybuild has given any specific timeline of when will that happen. The more people or companies develop apps for its devices, the more customers will be interested in buying iPhones or iPads. That will go into effect on March 1, 2018. They help in attracting more users to purchase their devices. For Apple, it is to create a secure environment for app building by each git push.
Those numbers are sure to excite investors who are betting that Apple will expand its software business as it becomes harder to squeeze growth out of a saturated smartphone market. Apple told TechCrunch the team will remain in Canada and the Buddybuild platform will be rolled into Apple development suite Xcode. It also makes sure that its tools are filled with new features and tools so that they are easier for developers to use.
The move echoes Apple's acquisition of TestFlight back in 2014, which began to require users to employ Xcode to utilize the service.
Buddybuild was founded in 2015 by former Amazon employees Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott. Buddybuild had raised $8.8 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, First Round Capital, Bloomberg Beta, Amplify Partners and a number of individual investors, including Mike Vernal, Dave Johnson, Steve Garrity and Douglas Purdy.