Apple acquires Canadian app development startup Buddybuild

Apple has acquired Canadian app development service startup Buddybuild for an undisclosed sum. The development was shared by the startup in a blog post today.

Apple acquires Canadian app development startup Buddybuild

According to Buddybuild’s site, the team has joined Apple’s Xcode engineering group and will build developer tools for the iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS community, although both the firm have not given a specific timeline of when that will happen.

For the time being, the acquired team will remain in Vancouver and service will continue to be available to the existing customers as a standalone product through the company’s site. However, Buddybuild will not accept any new customer.

“Existing Free Starter plans and Android app development will be discontinued on March 1, 2018,” the blog post read.

The Vancouver-based startup was founded in 2015 by former Amazon employees Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott. Buddybuild fundamentally improves the development workflow used by all mobile app developers.

A first-of-its-kind service, buddybuild provides a seamless continuous integration, continuous delivery, user feedback and crash reporting solution for mobile teams— essentially giving an app development team a simple workflow for iterating and pushing their apps out into the world through GitHub, BitBucket or GitLab.

The company has been working with over 1000’s of mobile development teams. The existing customers is an impressive one, including The Washington Post, Mozilla FireFox, Hootsuite, Reddit, SoundCloud, FourSquare and The New York Times.

Since its inception, the startup has managed to raise around $8.8 million, including a $7.6 million Series A led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and with participation from all pre-existing investors such as Amplify Partners, Bloomberg Beta and First Round Capital.

In 1014, iPhone maker Apple acquired TestFlight, which asked users to employ Xcode to take advantage of its service. Xcode is a software stack used by the Cupertino-headquartered company to develop software for iPhones and Macs.