So, now Apple has acquired the startup and now, the entire Buddybuild team will join their hands with the engineers in Xcode engineering group at Apple to "build wonderful developer tools for the entire iOS community", with Buddybuild being rolled into Xcode itself. Apple tells TechCrunch that the team (currently employing around 40 or so engineers) will stay put in BC, a fact that the startup celebrated by noting that it's "always been proud to be a Canadian company".
Buddybuild's service will continue to be available to existing customers as a standalone product through the company's site - though new customers will no longer be accepted through that portal, beginning today.
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Some Android developers vented their frustration on Twitter, especially in light of the relative short notice.
Under the acquisition, Buddybuild will be integrated into Xcode, which is Apple's suite of development tools for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.
This acquisition is similar to the move of Apple when it acquired TestFlight in 2014. The Apple acquisition is really exciting for the Apple fans amid legal troubles and iOS issues in the recent past. Now that same scenario is playing out all over again.
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With the arrival of the iPhone X and all the new features that come with it, including the TrueDepth camera and the augmented reality technology that Apple is investing in, it only makes sense that it would want to make the jobs of developers as easy as possible. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that whichever service they switch to will not ultimately be bought up as well. As per reports, the company is working on a new unified code base in order to make things convenient for the developers to come up with the Mac versions of the apps. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhones, iPads, and other gadgets this holiday season, they naturally turned to the one place they can find the best ways to use those devices: the App Store.
Buddybuild was established 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. On paper, at least, Buddybuild would add to what TestFlight now offers with a deeper range of developer options and support for app developers covering Apple's range of mobile operating systems.
The company advisor is Stewart Butterfield, and its most prominent client is Slack.
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Buddybuild, as part of the deal, will discontinue its service for Alphabet's GOOGL Android app development starting Mar 1, 2018.