Google has acquired another company today, with app prototyping and design company Pixate announcing on their site that they have joined Google.
CEO of Pixate, Paul Colton has announced the acquire, which will not only see the Pixate team join Google but reduce costs for Pixate Cloud services and release their Pixate Studio app, which helped design apps, for free. The full announcement can be read below:
Pixate + Google
Today, I am very proud to announce that Pixate has joined Google’s design team.
Pixate was started three years ago with the goal to make designing and prototyping native mobile applications easy and more accessible. Our early adopters helped guide us along the path of making tools and services that best fit the needs of designers struggling to turn their ideas into reality. Today, we have companies of all sizes, from single-person startups to global corporations, using Pixate to bring their app ideas to life.
We don’t want to stop there. Our small team at Pixate has some really big ideas, and with the help of Google we’ll be able to bring those ideas to the design community at scale. We’ve become an essential part of the workflow for tens of thousands of designers, and are excited about expanding our mission at Google to reach millions of product teams worldwide.
Starting today we’re making Pixate Studio free and dramatically reducing the cost of the Pixate cloud service. You can read all about that in our FAQ. I sincerely want to thank all of you for your invaluable feedback and the endlessly inspiring prototypes you’ve created with Pixate. The landscape of design tooling is changing rapidly, and Pixate is committed to staying at the forefront.
What becomes of this we’ll have to wait and see, but presumably some sort of integration into the new Android IDE, Android Studio, will come along at some point in the future.