Google acquires Twitter’s Fabric mobile application dev tools
Launched in 2014, Twitter’s Fabric mobile developer tools have now been acquired by Google. The acquisition will witness the team join Google’s Developer Products Group, the Firebase team in particular.
- Fariha Khan
- January 19, 2017
Fabric includes a number of tools for developers that create mobile applications. These include app distribution, analytics, and authentication/identity solutions. The software is employed on 2.5 billion active mobile devices and 580,000 developers 2 years since its launch.
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The acquisition of Fabric will help with Google’s exertions to make Firebase a perfect solution for building and maintaining Android, iOS, and web apps. Current tools help with the development procedure such as virtually testing apps on real devices, building out infrastructure, and monetization.
Animportant addition is Crashlytics, with Google writing that it will become the primary crash reporting offering for Firebase.
VP of Engineering & GM of Fabric stated that both platforms have their own capabilities and that the merger is a good move.
When we met the team at Google we quickly realized that our missions are the same – helping mobile teams build better apps, understand their users, and grow their businesses. 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.
The existing Current Twitter Fabric users do have to take any steps during the transition, with existing products continuing to work normally. While in the transition phase, the Digits identity solution will be maintained by Twitter under current terms. We don’t yet know how much Google paid for Fabric, but it is an indication that Twitter is restructuring its business furthermore.