Apple has acquired a Canadian software startup named Buddybuild in its efforts to woo app developers. Buddybuild was founded in 2015 and according its LinkedIn page, has about 40 employees.
BuddyBuild confirmed this on their official blog (link)
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.
Apple also confirmed the acquisition to TechCrunch. Buddybuild’s team, which includes roughly 40 engineers, is expected to remain in Vancouver. The team will be part of Apple’s Xcode, which is the company’s integrated set of development tools for macOS, iOS, watchOS, tvOS for app developers.
Apple’s Xcode is free to download and use for developers, though there is a fee for registering as an app developer on the Apple platform.