App development platform BuddyBuild snatched by Apple, drops Android support

  • App development platform BuddyBuild snatched by Apple, drops Android support

App development platform BuddyBuild snatched by Apple, drops Android support

Apple just released its end-of-year App Store numbers for 2017 and the first day of the new year, and the holiday season was once again a boon in terms of app purchases. What does this acquisition mean for Apple?

So, it's clear that the service will remain available for current customers, and company will not accept any new customer.

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 also acquired Workflow.

But, unsurprisingly, the outlook is decidedly less rosy for Android developers who will no longer be able to use Buddybuild after March 1.

More to the point, it should make developing and iterating apps for iOS that much easier than before. In 2014, Apple purchased the third-party service, TestFlight, which helps developers in testing and collecting the feedback for the iOS apps. Through the accelerator, developers will be able to avail of tools and best practices to hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform, a company statement had said. Google Play Store continues to dominate the app market despite the tough competition from Apple's app store, which is obviously causing lot of anguish for the iPhone maker.

Developers typically get 70% of that revenue, though the proportion increases to 85% after customers have completed a year's subscription to an app. Of the $17 billion generated in Q3 from apps globally (excluding China), Apple accounted for around $11 billion of it, according to App Annie.

Apple has paid developers over $86 billion since 2008.

Buddybuild was founded in 2015 by ex-Amazon employees Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott. Its list of existing customers is impressive as it includes Mozilla, Hootsuite, Reddit and The New York Times.