Apple keeps on ramping up its efforts to court developers by making it easier to create and iterate their apps for iOS platforms.
"We're excited to share that the Buddybuild team has joined the Xcode engineering group at Apple to build incredible developer tools for the entire iOS community", the Vancouver-based outfit said in a blog post on Tuesday.
Buddybuild's service will continue to be available to existing customers as a standalone product through the company's site - though new customers will no longer be accepted through that portal, beginning today.
Apple has reported that App Store customers spent $300 million in purchases on New Year's Day 2018 alone and $890 million in total over the week starting from Christmas Eve. (NASDAQ:AAPL). On the other hand, the iPhone maker made the usual statement, "we generally do not discuss our objective or plans" for "smaller technology companies" bought "from time-to-time".
Buddybuild was established in 2015 by former Amazon employees Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott.More news: Liverpool line up West Ham star as potential Coutinho replacement
According to MacRumors, Buddybuild's website describes the company as a "continuous integration, continuous deployment, and user feedback platform for development teams".
"For iOS developers, Buddybuild can take care of all the work associated with code signing, and managing provisioning profiles for you".
Apple has been undertaking a lot of initiatives to make the platform more attractive to developers.
No financial terms have been disclosed for the deal. In 2014, Apple acquired TestFlight which began to require users to employ Xcode to utilise the service.
Consumers spent $300 million on apps on January 1, the most for a single day since the App Store launched in 2008. Buddybuild had raised $8.8 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, First Round Capital, Bloomberg Beta, Amplify Partners and a number of individual investors, including Mike Vernal, Dave Johnson, Steve Garrity and Douglas Purdy. Unsurprisingly, the startup added that will discontinue existing plans and Android app development on 1 March this year.