Apple keen on acquiring app development companies; here's the latest one

By Ernie Smith  Jan 4 2018

By Ernie Smith Jan 4 2018

"For iOS developers, Buddybuild can take care of all the work associated with code signing, and managing provisioning profiles for you". It is a startup company based in Vancouver. Apple told TechCrunch the team will remain in Canada and the Buddybuild platform will be rolled into Apple development suite Xcode.

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 United States download zero new apps per month.

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

Tghe launch of new devices - iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X - played a key role in attracting customers to the App Store during the holiday season. According to industry experts, the latest acquisition has been done to further strengthen the company's iOS development platform.Buddybuild revealed the deal on its official site and indicated that as a direct result of the buyout initiated by Apple, there will be key changes to expect. It will also discontinue all its services to Android app developers. 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.

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Apple's real statistics spat in the face of Forbes contributor John Koetsier who quoted Apptopia leader Adam Blacker stating that "Adoption of ARKit isn't great at less than 1,000 apps of the 3,000,000+ apps in the App Store have installed it since its September launch".

Google is dominating the number of app downloads. It also makes sure that its tools are filled with new features and tools so that they are easier for developers to use. As of now, the start-up offers services and products that more or less resemble Apple's TestFlight, a tool that enables app developers to share test beta app builds.

Vancouver-based Buddybuild was founded in 2015 by former Amazon employees Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott. Some of the other clients include Mozilla, Hootsuite, Reddit, SoundCloud, FourSquare and The New York Times.

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