Google acquires mobile-app development platform Fabric
The search giant Google today announced that it had acquired Twitter’s mobile app developer platform Fabric, and will join Google’s Developer Products Group, working with the Firebase team. The move likely gives Twitter a much needed cash infusion.
“Fabric and Firebase operate mobile platforms with unique strengths in the market today. We’re excited to combine these platforms together to make the best mobile developer platform in the world for app teams,” Rich Paret, VP of Engineering & GM of Fabric, wrote on the company’s blog page
“When we launched Fabric in 2014, our goal was to provide the best tools to help developers create amazing apps,” Paret said. “Since then, Fabric has evolved from a suite of tools for mobile developers to a powerful platform that helps entire teams build better apps, understand their users, and grow their business. In just two years, Fabric has grown to reach 2.5 billion active mobile devices, and Fabric’s Crashlytics and Answers kits were recently recognized as the #1 SDKs for app stability and analytics. We are incredibly proud of the products we have built and grateful to this community of more than 580K passionate mobile developers.”
I always wondered why Twitter owned and put so much work into Fabric.
I guess they couldn’t figure it out, either. https://t.co/3uAsByj2OY
— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) January 18, 2017
Google will, following the completion of the acquisition, start providing the Fabric, Crashlytics, and Answers product solutions, with Crashlytics becoming Firebase’s crash reporting tool. Twitter had acquired Crashlytics in 2013 for $38M, so one assumes that is the baseline for the overall acquisition price (at least, that is what one might think).