Apple said to have bought mobile software supplier Burstly

Summary:Burstly itself owns TestFlight, a free testing ground boasted to be used by everyone from students to the Fortune 500 for mobile app development.


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.

Apple famously does not usually comment publicly about its acquisitions, as it noted in its statement provided to Re/code earlier on Friday. The news was first reported by TechCrunch this morning.

Burstly has also not commented on the matter, although the company did just alter its privacy policy for both TestFlight and SkyRocket on Tuesday.

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.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Developer


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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