Strengthening their hold in the mobile market further, Facebook has seized a small team from Pieceable Software, a small startup that makes a handy developer tool to run and test iOS applications in the browser, a blog post Pieceable read.
Pieceable makes an iOS app called the Pieceable Viewer, which lets publishers view their iPhone and iPad apps through a Web browser. Since its inception in 2011, the company says it has demonstrated more than 800,000 apps.
The founder wrote on the blog post, “Facebook is not acquiring the company, technology, or customer data”.
Pieceable’s three-man engineering team will be joining Facebook’s mobile team, and the iOS app web-testing service will stay operational through the end of the year. Pieceable will shut down its hosted service on Dec. 31 and during that time all apps stored on its system will be deleted. The open source version should be ready around late September or early October. Pieceable will also release a tool to load previously uploaded app builds into the open source version.
Facebook has made some significant buyouts in this year starting with the billion dollar Instagram deal. It then bought social gifting app Karma, Glancee, Tagtiles and Lightbox. Recently, the company is rumored to be in talks for buying Opera browser and Face.com.
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