Apple App Store saw record-breaking holiday season

App Store nets record USD 300 mln sales on New Year's Day

Apple has acquired a Canadian based IOS app tools startup Buddybuild for an undisclosed amount as the tech giant aims to further consolidate its app revenue.

Apple has bought Buddybuild, a start-up service that offers support to app developers with user testing and iteration.

But the deal also means the effective end of the Android app development that the company added last February.

"We're excited to share that the buddybuild team has joined the Xcode engineering group at Apple to build unbelievable developer tools for the entire iOS community", buddybuild said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Starting today, Buddybuild will stop accepting new customers through its portal. To boost subscriber base, the company is now venturing into original programming.

Buddybuild was founded in 2015 by former Amazon employees Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott.

"Buddybuild is a continuous integration (CI), continuous deployment (CD), and user feedback platform for iOS and Android development teams."
In simple words, Buddybuild offers tools for developers that are created to let them quickly and easily build apps through GitHub, BitBucket, or GitLab.




In its blog post, Buddybuild said it will no longer take new customers as of Tuesday.

Apple has been undertaking a lot of initiatives to make the platform more attractive to developers.

The startup's system will fit nicely into the set of tools of Apple, which brings more methods to test, debug and deploy mobile apps via a proprietary channel.

However, the company didn't disclose any financial terms.

Consumers spent $300 million on apps on January 1, the most for a single day since the App Store launched in 2008. In its almost three years of existence, the startup has managed to raise around $8.8 million, including a $7.6 million Series A led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield back in May of 2016.

Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of the photo sharing website Flickr and workspace messaging app Slack, has served as an adviser for Buddybuild. Some of the other clients include Mozilla, Hootsuite, Reddit, SoundCloud, FourSquare and The New York Times. The free starter plans and Android customers will lose access as of March 1st of this year.

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