Twitter adds to mobile with Crashlytics acquisition

Twitter has added mobile app crash-reporting company Crashlytics, but will leave it to continue developing tools for its impressive client list.
Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer

Twitter has acquired Crashlytics, a software company that provides crash reports for mobile apps.

Crashlytics announced on Monday that it is joining Twitter, giving it an app-stability tool with customers including Twitter and its recent video acquisition Vine, as well as Yelp, Kayak, TaskRabbit, Vimeo, HBO, PayPal, SoundCloud, and Waze, to name a few.

The company gives customers an iOS SDK that allows them to build a roughly 40KB crash-reporting feature into their app. The tool--currently only available for iOS apps, although Crashlytics is working on an Android version--delivers 20KB reports over SSL.

Crashlytics said it aims to tackle the lack of accurate insight into some of the smaller performance problems developers' apps would suffer in the field. Instead of customer feedback reports, Crashlytics provides detailed reports on the line of code that was a problem.

"With today's announcement, much will remain the same. Development of Crashlytics will continue unabated and we remain dedicated to working with all of our customers--current and new, big and small--to deliver the key app performance insights they need," Crashlytics' co-founder and CEO Jeff Seibert and fellow co-founder and chairman Wayne Chang said in a statement.

The acquisition adds to an interesting list Twitter is building beyond social media that now includes analytics, intelligence, and security--notably the Android security and privacy startup behind RedPhone, Whisper Systems, and web anti-malware firm Dasient, a firm founded by a pair of ex-Googlers.

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