Google acquires Twitter’s developer platform to enhance Firebase



In the midst of some resignations from the core Twitter management, Google has acquired its mobile developer platform called Fabric. The newest acquisition is aimed to help the search giant enhance its Firebase application platform.

Twitter had launched Fabric in 2014 with a goal to provide the “best tools to help developers” building apps. The single platform got additions like Crashlytics and Answer kits and has so far reached to more than 2.5 billion active mobile devices. Additionally, the offerings through Fabric lineup have been recognised by over 580,000 mobile developers worldwide. All this apparently persuaded Google to move ahead and strike the deal with Twitter.

“Fabric will join Google’s Developer Product Group, working with the Firebase team. Our missions align closely: help developers build better apps and grow their business,” Firebase product manager Francis Ma writes in a blog post.

The Firebase team at Google will continue offer Fabric’s presence for developers. However, some major tools from the developer platform such as Answers and Fastlane are likely to be uplifted and received certain tweaks to expand Firebase.

“The integration of Fabric is part of our larger, long-term effort of delivering a comprehensive suite of features for iOS, Android and mobile Web app development,” says Ma.

Strengthening mobile app market

The amalgamation of Fabric and Firebase will bring some better ways to build apps for handheld devices and ultimately strengthen the mobile app market. The Fabric team considers the unified solution as the “best mobile developer platform” in the world.

Existing Fabric developers need not take any action. But some new terms will be applied following the closure of the undisclosed transaction.

Twitter to still support developers

Notably, while the acquisition of Fabric has expanded Google’s developer platform, Twitter is nowhere in plans to leave developers’ interest. Thus, co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey confirms in a separate blog post that the microblogging network will continue to invest in various developer-focused products.

“We are committed to continuing to invest in our publilc APIs, our publisher platform products including Twitter Kit and TweetDeck, our Ads API, MoPub and Gnip,” Dorsey writes.


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