Report: Google has quietly acquired mobile development startup Apportable
by SiliconAngle · Published · Updated
This is pretty cool and would been a quick transformation of iOS apps into Android apps!
by Maria Deutscher | Aug 19, 2016 |
Following the example of Microsoft Corp. and other top rivals, Google is stepping up its efforts to court the developer community. Anonymous sources told VentureBeat yesterday that the search giant had secretly bought a startup called Apportable Inc. as part of this push sometime last year.
The tipsters further claim that the transaction was an acquihire, which would seem to indicate that Google wasn’t particularly interested in the startup’s flagship mobile development toolkit. But while the software may not end up being put to use by the search giant, it does provide some potential clues as to what the Apportable team is working on now.
The most notable component of the startup’s lineup was a service called Tengu that made it possible to port iOS apps to Android without having to rewrite them from scratch. Instead, users could simply cross-compile their Swift code into a format that is natively supported by Google’s…
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