Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Apple buys Buddybuild to bolster Xcode developer tools

Developers typically get 70% of that revenue, though the proportion increases to 85% after customers have completed a year's subscription to an app. The startup provides app developers a single platform to code for big projects.

Buddybuild is a small Canadian company based in Vancouver that has been around since 2015.

Following the acquisition, the startup will be rolled into Xcode, Apple's suite of dev tools for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, although Apple and Buddybuild have not given a specific timeline of when that will happen. Until now, Buddybuild has offered its services to iOS and Android customers.

Apple still generates significant revenue from apps. Apps are a battleground for Apple, Google, and other smartphone makers.

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Both companies' app stores, however, pointed at the holidays' true victor: Amazon.

Many Industry experts continue to argued that since IOS is a closed operating system, it won't exactly dominate the app market like Android, which is an open source operating system. This is according to App Annie report, which claims that Apple garnered revenue of approximately $11 billion in the third quarter of previous year while Android managed to clock only $6 billion in the same period. Out of that number, Apple's share was around $11 billion. However, with Google outstripping Apple in terms of downloads, you can see why the company may want to make its platform and app tools developer-friendly, adding features such as Buddybuild that make it easier to use.

This acquisition is similar to the move of Apple when it acquired TestFlight in 2014. The new design is supposed to make app and game discovery easier. They're both former employees of Amazon. The startup also plans to discontinue the free starter plans and future app developments from March 1, 2018. Reportedly, the company has raised a total of $8.8 million in funding. Buddybuild counts high-profile clients such as The New York Times and Mozilla, somehow giving a clue on the company's competent services and explaining why Apple took notice.

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