Apple still struggles to let developers make apps easily for its platform. In such an effort, the iPhone maker has acquired Vancouver-based app tool startup- Buddybuild- a mobile iteration platform focusing on continuous integration and debugging tools.
Buddybuild makes it easier for developers to develop an app by providing them a simple workflow for iterating and pushing their apps to the users through GitHub, GitLab or BitBucket.
“We’re excited to share that the buddybuild team has joined the Xcode engineering group at Apple to build amazing developer tools for the entire iOS community.” Buddybuild said in a bog-post.
As part of the deal, Buddybuild will be rolled into Xcode, Apple’s suite of development tools for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.
As for Buddybuild’s existing customers, the service will be available to them as a standalone product. However, Buddybuild is not accepting new customers now. The existing free starter plans and Android app development that the website offered will discontinue from March 1, 2018.
Buddybuild was founded in 2015 by former Amazon employees Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott. The startup until now has managed to raise over $8 million, including a $7.6 million Series A led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield back in May 2016.