Apple App Store saw record-breaking holiday season

Apple's acquisition of the startup could lead to vastly improved workflows for developers making apps for iOS devices.

As we have stated previously, Buddybuild is a startup company out of Canada that is focused on app development tools.

The Xcode engineering group absorbing Buddybuild will only make the iOS environment more developer-friendly and presumably make Apple steps ahead of Google. However, the startup said it is no longer accepting new customers.

That means there were more than a billion dollars total in App Store purchases made during the holidays, a not-insignificant amount, especially when you consider third-party research reports that suggest the majority of smartphone users in the USA download zero new apps per month. The move, however, will restrict buddybuild to provide services only to the iOS community. That being said neither Apple nor Buddybuild has given any specific timeline of when will that happen. Combined, both iOS and Google Play generated $17 billion in revenues for Q3 2017, up 28% from the previous year, the report stated.

Apple is on track to double Services revenues of $24 billion in fiscal 2016 by 2020. "We want to thank all of the creative app developers who have made these great apps and helped to change people's lives". It allows IOS app developers to run a UI & beta test and simultaneously offers a secure environment to build a proficient app. It started to require its users to use Xcode when utilizing the service.

Former Amazon employees Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott founded Buddybuild in 2015.

Stewart Butterfield has served as an advisor for the company, and Slack has become one of its more prominent clients. Its list of existing customers is impressive as it includes Mozilla, Hootsuite, Reddit and The New York Times. It will also discontinue Android app development and existing Free Starter plans starting in March, according to a blog post.

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