Facebook is to buy out a London-based mobile bug-checking software company Monoidics, acquiring "certain assets" as well as moving the firm's technical team to its London office.
Monoidics was founded in 2009 and now produces quality assurance software Infer, which checks for bugs, memory leaks and other potential pitfalls in newly programmed software. Its high-profile customers include Airbus, ARM and Mitsubishi Electric.
Facebook software engineer Philip Su said the purchase was part of Facebook's efforts to increase the quality of its mobile roster. "This asset acquisition represents our investment in the quality of our mobile applications platform and also our people, as members of their talented engineering team will join us to work at Facebook's London office once the deal closes (pending certain closing conditions)," he explained.
On its blog, the Monoidics team said the Facebook buyout fits the company's goals.
"We have always looked for ways we could do even more, and when we met members of Facebook's engineering team, we realised how much we have in common: a relentless focus on quality, a desire to move fast and try new things, and a passion for making an impact," they wrote.
"Right away we knew this was our chance to take what we've built to the next level. Joining the Facebook team opens up a world of new opportunity for our technology and for our individual and collective scientific expertise."
Facebook's mobile offering has had a mixed year, with its mobile apps seeing a usage hike of 54 percent. However, Facebook's ambitious Home operating system project – which launched after a hardware partnership with HTC – has failed to gain traction. The HTC handset, called the First, is yet to make it to the UK after its launch was delayed indefinitely.
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