UPDATED 23:58 EDT / JULY 27 2016

NEWS

Mobile tool maker LaunchKit has been acquired by Google

Mobile tool maker LaunchKit (Cluster Labs, Inc.) has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed sum.

Founded in 2015, LaunchKit offers a suite of tools that makes it easier to track sales, reviews and build a landing page for apps and services.

The company’s products include Screenshot Builder, a tool that allows users to create beautiful, custom images for app store pages; App Website Builder, a tool that makes it easy and quick for any app developer to create and host a fully responsive website for their app; Review Monitor, a free service that checks for new reviews and posts them to a Slack channel or sends them via email, and Sales Report, a tool that posts daily download totals and sales summaries to email or Slack.

According to the company those four tools help almost 50,000 developers build, launch, and monitor their apps, while its Screenshot Builder tool has so far created more than 1,500,000 screenshots.

Post acquisition LaunchKit will join Google’s Developers Product Group.

“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,” LaunchKit Co-Founder Brenden Mulligan said in a blog post. “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.”

Expanded tools

LaunchKit going into Google’s Developer Project group will see Google itself continue to expand the number of tools it makes available to developers to build Android apps on top of the various tools it already offers such as analytics, messaging, storage and more.

The amount raised by LaunchKit prior to acquisition was not disclosed but investors included GV, First Round, Baseline, Freestyle, Sherpa, SV Angel, and others.

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