Apple keen on acquiring app development companies; here's the latest one

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Since the launch of the store in July 2008, Apple has paid out $86 billion to developers for their share of paid apps and subscriptions purchased through the App Store.

"We're excited to share that the buddybuild team has joined the Xcode engineering group at Apple to build wonderful developer tools for the entire iOS community", buddybuild said in a blog post on Wednesday. In a separate statement, Buddybuild said that though it would continue to support existing paid customers, "Free Starter" plans and Android app development will be discontinued on March 1. However, when it comes to revenue, the App Store is a clear victor.

The price of the deal wasn't disclosed.

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Meanwhile, Buddybuild says, "For iOS developers, Buddybuild can take care of all the work associated with code signing, and managing provisioning profiles for you".

Apple also partnered with GE in October to enable developers create a series of industrial apps to iPhones and iPads.

Apple still generates significant revenue from apps. The noteworthy aspect of this development is how the startup was meant to make the work of developers much easier via testing and improvements. This is the second big acquisition by Apple in less than a month, after it acquired the music discovery app Shazam last month. Past year also saw Apple unveil a redesigned App Store with the release of iOS 11 in September.

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According to an App Annie report, Apple's app revenue accounted for $11 billion in the third quarter of 2017, while the Google Play Store recorded app revenues of close to $6 billion.

Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott founded the startup in 2015.

This year will keep the developer community for Apple on the toe, with iMac Pro only started shipping, and the new Mac Pro desktops on the line. Back in 2014, Apple acquired Burstly, which made TestFlight, a popular beta testing platform. Reportedly, the company has raised a total of $8.8 million in funding.

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Following the acquisition, the startup will be rolled into Xcode, Apple's suite of dev tools for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, although Apple and Buddybuild have not given a specific timeline of when that will happen.

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