Apple is apparently stocking up on mobile developer tools based on reports that the iPhone maker has bought Burstly, a company that touts itself as a provider of "solutions for the app lifecycle."
For the beginning of that lifecycle, Burstly offers TestFlight, a free testing ground boasted to be used by everyone from students to the Fortune 500 for mobile app development.
After making it to app stores, Burstly's follow-up product is SkyRocket, a mobile app monetization toolkit for both iOS and Android.
The acquisition of Burstly follows a string of mobile development-focused purchases for Apple. Here's a recap of a few more during the last several months:
- WiFiSlam, a mapping app that uses only ambient WiFi signals that are already present in buildings
- Locationary, a Canadian big data firm that owns a platform for merging and simplifying business listing data
- HopStop, an online service offering public transit directions in cities around the world, complete with station information, timetables and more
- Embark, a mobile app development company focusing on mass transit maps, directions, and alerts in real-time
- AlgoTrim, a Swedish company specializing in compression technologies to optimize memory handling in mobile devices
- Topsy, a platform that taps into the "social web," with a particular focus on pinpointing and tracking trends on Twitter
Financial terms of the deal have not been revealed.