Google Inc announced that it has acquired a San Francisco startup Firebase, adding to its own Google Cloud Platform team. The startup is a backend cloud service that can be used to build apps for iOS, Android and the Web that store and sync data in real time. Terms of the deal were not revealed.
“If you’re a developer who has built an app on top of Firebase, nothing will change for you and you can continue to use Firebase as you normally would,” Firebase co-founder and CEO James Tamplin wrote in a blog post announcing the acquisition.
According to Google, Firebase employees will become part of Google's cloud-computing team and will remain under the leadership of co-founders James Tamplin and Andrew Lee. Started about three years ago, Firebase could make life much easier for developers working on real-time applications, such as chat apps or business integration tools without having to develop sync logic. Firebase can also be used to develop apps that can actually work offline. In addition to Android and iOS, it also has all the libraries for the major mobile and web platforms. Firebase now claims to have nearly 110,000 developers using its service.
“Over the past three years, we’ve gone from a crazy idea that ‘just might work’ to a proven product used by 110,000 developers.” said James Tamplin Co-Founder & CEO of Firebase.
Google Inc said the acquisition will enable them to develop top class end-to-end platform for mobile application development and customers of Google Cloud Platform will find it easy to build mobile and web apps.
Firebase for its part says joining Google Cloud Platform will give it the opportunity to have a better cloud infrastructure to build upon and help better scale the service to a greater set of users. “Will gain access to our rapid development capabilities. Together we’ll deliver a complete platform for mobile and web apps,” it added.
Firebase competes with database hosting services such as Amazon’s DynamoDB and IBM’s Cloudant, as well as mobile-centric data hosting companies like Parse.
By acquiring Firebase, Google is aiming to bolster its cloud platform and service making it even easier for developers and customers to be able to develop and build web and mobile apps more easily.
Google said it plans to show off new Firebase features and integrations with Cloud Platform at the Google Cloud Platform Live event on November 4th.