Google Buys Firebase to Add Cloud-Computing Mobile Tools

Google Inc. acquired Firebase Inc., a provider of software tools that let engineers store and synchronize data across mobile applications and websites.

The San Francisco-based startup, which offers services for Apple Inc.’s iPhones and smartphones running Google Inc.’s Android software, also streamlines the process for building apps that can work offline. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Google, based in Mountain View, California, is boosting investments in cloud-related technology, which lets software developers access computing power via the Internet. Google, along with Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Rackspace Hosting Inc., offer cloud services in a market that was worth $45.7 billion last year, according to IDC Corp.

“By combining Firebase with Google Cloud Platform, we’ll be able to build the best end-to-end platform for mobile application development,” Greg DeMichillie, Google’s director of product management, said in a blog post. “If you’re already a Firebase developer, you’ll start seeing improvements right away.”

Firebase’s existing customers can continue to use the service, James Tamplin, the company’s chief executive officer, said in a blog post.

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