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Apple buys Buddybuild to bolster Xcode developer tools

Apple buys Buddybuild to bolster Xcode developer tools

Buddybuild focuses towards continuous integration, deployment and a user feedback platform for development teams that help the developers release iOS and Android apps using GitHub, GitLab and BitBucket.

Per a blog post by Buddybuild, the move will be instrumental in building "amazing developer tools for the entire iOS community". It celebrated that fact by noting that it's a proud Canadian company.

Both companies did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. Even after the acquisition, the Buddybuild team, which now has around 40 employees, will stay put in BC in Canada.

With the acquisition, the startup will be integrated into Xcode, which is Apple's suite of development tools for its platforms, like iOS, watch OS and MacOS, as well as tvOS. That being said neither Apple nor Buddybuild has given any specific timeline of when will that happen. However, Buddybuild will stop accepting new customers. The startup provides app developers a single platform to code for big projects.




Buddybuild should integrate well into Apple's existing set of tools, bringing additional methods for testing, debugging and deploying mobile apps through a proprietary channel. This will further boost the make of an iOS app and run unit or user interface tests in the follow-up.

However, 2017 proved to be an unusually good year for Apple's app store, since for the first time it overtook its closest rival.

That means there were more than a billion dollars total in App Store purchases made during the holidays, a not-insignificant amount, especially when you consider third-party research reports that suggest the majority of smartphone users in the USA download zero new apps per month. This is according to App Annie report, which claims that Apple garnered revenue of approximately $11 billion in the third quarter of past year while Android managed to clock only $6 billion in the same period.

Apple Inc. shares rose $0.49 (+0.28%) in premarket trading Friday. What's more, during the week beginning on Christmas Eve, a "record number" bought or downloaded apps from the App Store, spending more than $890 million during that seven day period.


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