Bye-bye to Android: Apple acquires Vancouver startup Buddybuild

Andrew Cummings
January 6, 2018

The more people or companies develop apps for its devices, the more customers will be interested in buying iPhones or iPads.

Starting today, Buddybuild will stop accepting new customers through its portal. In large part, this was made possible because Apple engineered an ecosystem that attracts alpha developers, and tools like Buddybuild play an essential role. The new design is supposed to make app and game discovery easier. Foremost is that the service will no longer be accessible to Android app developers. Some of our members organise 300 and more trade shows globally and it is a very common procedure to launch these apps through an app generating tool.

If you are looking for some of the best news to start the year regarding app development, then you might want to know Apple just acquired Buddybuild. Apps are a battleground for Apple, Google, and other smartphone makers. Apps generated $17 billion in Q3.

The Buddybuild service promises "a continuous integration, continuous deployment, and user feedback platform for development teams", now helping developers to release iOS and Android apps using GitHub, GitLab, and BitBucket. Out of that number, Apple's share was around $11 billion. In 2014, Apple acquired TestFlight which began to require users to employ Xcode to utilise the service. It started to require its users to use Xcode when utilizing the service.

Buddybuild was founded in 2015 by former Amazon employees Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott. During its three years of existence, it raised around $8.8 million. The free starter plans and Android customers will lose access as of March 1st of this year.

Stewart Butterfield has served as an advisor for the company, and Slack has become one of its more prominent clients.

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