tech2 News StaffJan 19, 2017 12:23:43 IST
Google will acquire Twitter's mobile development platform Fabric, according to an agreement signed between Twitter and Google. Fabric is a platform and a set of tools to help developers create apps for various platforms. The entire Fabric team will join Google’s Developer Products Group, as part of the Firebase team. Firebase is Google's alternative to Fabric, a platform to help developers create high quality applications.
Firebase was launched last year, but Fabric has been around since 2014. The efforts of both platforms, Firebase and Fabric are incredibly aligned. Twitter will continue to maintain Digits, the SMS authentication service provided by Fabrics, during the transition period. The developers using Fabric products will see no visible change in the offerings and how they use the platform. However, after the acquisition, the terms of service are subject to change.
Francis Ma, Firebase product manager wrote in the Firebase Blog, "This is a great moment for the industry and a unique opportunity to bring the best of Firebase with the best of Fabric. We're committed to making mobile app development seamless, so that developers can focus more of their time on building creative experiences." Rich Paret, VP of Engineering & GM of Fabric posted in the Fabric blog, "We love our customers and are excited to continue to offer world-class developer products to all of you in this next chapter."
Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder and CEO of Twitter posted on the Twitter blog, "While we have found a new home for Fabric, developers remain important to Twitter. We are committed to continuing to invest in our public APIs, our Publisher Platform products including Twitter Kit and TweetDeck, our Ads API, MoPub, and Gnip."
The star product of Fabrics, a crash analytics toolset known as Crashlytics is regarded as the best SDK in the industry for app stability and analytics. Crashlytics has a proven track record in the industry, and is a popular tool among app developers. Firebase is expected to adopt Crashlytics as its default crash reporting offering. Over the course of the coming weeks, the Google Firebase team will decide the best way to integrate products by Fabric.