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Nina Mathis | 05 January, 2018, 14:17

Apple has acquired Canadian startup Buddybuild.

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.

BuddyBuild made the announcement on January 2, saying it will join the Xcode engineering group at Apple. No financial information was disclosed, naturally, but Apple told the website that the firm will stay based in Vancouver, an area the startup called a "hotbed of developer and engineering talent".

Some Android developers vented their frustration on Twitter, especially in light of the relative short notice.




In March previous year, Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced his intent to launch a startup accelerator for the iOS developer community in India. Back in 2014, Apple acquired Burstly, which made TestFlight, a popular beta testing platform.

Now, the acquisition of BuddyBuild could help Apple up the number of downloads, which is still behind Google's Android. Now that same scenario is playing out all over again. The remaining roster of existing customers is an impressive one, including Mozilla, Hootsuite, Reddit, SoundCloud, FourSquare and The New York Times. However, they will have to migrate rather quickly, which can be a challenge when you're in the middle of a project (or several of them). Its subscribers of Free Starter plans and Android app development will have up to March 1 to use the service. The updated AR in the game adds a new dimension to the gameplay; including being able to sneak up on unsuspecting Pokemon to catch them. Apple triumphantly announced today that the late holiday season brought in more than a billion dollars in purchases on its mobile marketplace.

Buddybuild was founded in 2015 by former Amazon employees Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott. We note that the launch of iOS 11 has been highly beneficial for developers in creating apps aimed at both consumers and businesses.

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