Android Developers Take Note: Google Acquires Launchkit

by Ostatic Staff - Jul. 28, 2016

Google has acquired LaunchKit, and there is good news for developers arriving with the news. Launchkit's tools make it easier to track sales, reviews and build a landing page for apps, and the tools are going to go open source.

As CIOL notes: "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."

In a blog post, LaunchKit co-founder Brenden Mulligan noted:

"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. 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."

LaunchKit will be folded into Google’s Developer Product Group, which includes Google Cloud Platform, Firebase and other services.

The Launchkit post adds:

"It was less than two years ago when our team decided that after releasing a dozen apps on the App Store and Google Play, we wanted to make that process easier for other mobile developers as well. We started by writing blog posts and open sourcing our internal tools, but we wanted to add even more value by building a suite of products that actually made launching apps easier. LaunchKit was born and now helps almost 50,000 developers build, launch, and monitor their apps."

 Launchkit's tools are available now on GitHub.