Apple has to continue to build out for developers, making its own programming languages and developing new tools to make creating apps for iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and even macOS, worthwhile.
Those efforts might be expanding soon, or at least becoming more robust, as Apple has apparently acquired a Vancouver, Canada-based company called buddybuild. This is a company that has created “continuous integration, continuous deployment, and user feedback platforms” for developers. These were both for iOS and Android developer teams.
As confirmed by the Buddybuild team via a public blog post (first discovered by iMore), the company has officially joined with the Xcode engineering group over at Apple. The company does confirm that existing customers can still use their services, but they will not be accepting any new customers from this point on.
Here’s the blog post:
“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.
We’ve always been proud to be a Canadian company, so we’re also pleased that we will be staying right here in Vancouver — a hotbed of developer and engineering talent.
The buddybuild service will remain available to existing customers to build, test, and ship iOS apps to testers through buddybuild.com.
As of today, we are no longer accepting new customers. Existing Free Starter plans and Android app development will be discontinued on March 1, 2018. If you have questions about an existing account, please contact us.”
It is likely that the buddybuild platform and tools will be integrated with what Apple already has under its umbrella, including the TestFlight service. Considering this is a developer-centric announcement, we may even hear what new things Apple is working on, thanks to the buddybuild team joining the ranks, at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June later this year.
This is another solid acquisition for Apple. TestFlight is already a premiere method for testing out apps, and gaining the tools that buddybuild has created over the years will surely boost those in big ways. Whether or not we hear about anything related to this acquisition directly in a few months remains to be seen.