Apple buys Buddybuild to bolster Xcode developer tools

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Since the launch of the store in July 2008, Apple has paid out $86 billion to developers for their share of paid apps and subscriptions purchased through the App Store. According to Techcrunch, the 40-or-so employees will now be working as part of Apple's Xcode engineering group. The service will also remain available to current customers to create, test and ship their iOS apps through buddybuild.com.

"We're excited to share that the Buddybuild team has joined the Xcode engineering group at Apple to build awesome developer tools for the entire iOS community", the Vancouver-based outfit said in a blog post on Tuesday. The free starter plans and Android customers will lose access as of March 1st of this year. Furthermore, it is expected to make developing and iterating apps for iOS platforms much easier.

In March a year ago, Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced his intent to launch a startup accelerator for the iOS developer community in India. Developers can integrate with popular tools such as GitHub, Slack, JIRA, HipChat and Trello.

However, 2017 proved to be an unusually good year for Apple's app store, since for the first time it overtook its closest rival. It will also discontinue all its services to Android app developers. This will allow Apple to expand and continue on with a better development of iOS apps.

Now, the acquisition of BuddyBuild could help Apple up the number of downloads, which is still behind Google's Android.

"We want to thank all of the creative app developers who have made these great apps", he added.

Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott founded the startup in 2015. Even after the acquisition, the Buddybuild team, which now has around 40 employees, will stay put in BC in Canada. The startup has managed to raise around $8.8 million in three years of existence.

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