LaunchKit acquired by Google, to open-source all its tools

By : |July 28, 2016 0

Mobile tool maker LaunchKit has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed amount. LaunchKit that offers a suite of tools which makes it easier to track sales, reviews and build a landing page for apps has also open-sourced all of its products and services for any developer to use and modify.

Founded in 2015, the company’s tools have helped over 50,000 mobile developers focus on what the pivot of their apps is both on Android and iOS. The company’s four major tools are a Screenshot Builder for easily creating annotated screenshots for Apple’s and Google’s store, an App Website Builder that helps create responsive landing pages for new apps, a Review Monitor for tracking reviews in Apple’s App Store and a Sales Reporter for keeping track of all your sales.

CIOL LaunchKit acquired by Google, to open-source all its tools

                                 

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According to the company those four tools help almost 50,000 developers build, launch, and monitor their apps, while its Screenshot Builder tool has so far created more than 1,500,000 screenshots.

LaunchKit also worked on consumer apps such as Cluster, Screenshotter, ChurchSnaps, Homeroom, Tripcast, Daily Kiddo, and many others that it felt would bring families and friends together.Post acquisitionLaunchKit will join Google’s Developers Product Group.

“As we focus our efforts on building great developer tools at Google, we also want to make everything we’ve built at LaunchKit even more accessible,” LaunchKit Co-Founder Brenden Mulligan said in a blog post. “As of today, we’ve open sourced our services so anyone can set up their own instance of our tools! As for the official LaunchKit service, it will continue to operate independently for existing users for the next 12 months, then it will be discontinued.”

In fact, the creators have also written a couple of how-to guides for developers.

Now that Google has acquired the platform, the company will look to integrate these features into Google products. The team now works under Google’s Developer Product Group and will probably aim to promote its tools for integration in Android apps.

The team said, following this acquisition, all of LaunchKit’s services will remain online for the next 12 months before being discontinued.

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