But the deal also means the effective end of the Android app development that the company added last February.
"We're excited to share that the buddybuild team has joined the Xcode engineering group at Apple to build awesome developer tools for the entire iOS community", the post reads.
Buddybuild operates from Vancouver in British Columbia and runs with the help of 40 full-time engineers.
Vancouver-based Buddybuild was founded in 2015 by former Amazon employees Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott. Buddybuild is an app tools startup which focuses not only on continuous integration and debugging tools but also app development. Developers can integrate with popular tools such as GitHub, Slack, JIRA, HipChat and Trello. The news was confirmed by the Buddybuild on its official blog, no official statement about the same has been issued by Apple.
Moreover, Apple is likely to launch streaming service in 2018, which will provide a significant boost to the Services business. Apple told TechCrunch the team will remain in Canada and the Buddybuild platform will be rolled into Apple development suite Xcode. In 2014, Apple acquired TestFlight which began to require users to employ Xcode to utilise the service. On paper, at least, Buddybuild would add to what TestFlight now offers with a deeper range of developer options and support for app developers covering Apple's range of mobile operating systems. During its three years of existence, it raised around $8.8 million.
Apple further notes that Pokémon GO went back to the top of the App Store charts on December 21 with the introduction of new augmented reality features, built on Apple's ARKit framework for more detailed and realistic gameplay. Billions of dollars in research have poured into it. Companies are already generating substantial revenue, and even more wondrous products are in the pipeline. The free starter plans and Android customers will lose access as of March 1st of this year.