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Facebook scoops up mobile app monitoring firm Little Eye

It spies with its little eye
Wed Jan 08 2014, 16:51
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SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has grabbed an Indian app performance monitoring firm called Little Eye for an undisclosed sum.

Little Eye posted a statement about its acquisition to its website that seemed to suggest that it signed up at Facebook like so many other people, companies and organisations.

"Little Eye Labs is joining Facebook!" it said, before explaining more about its new relationship, which is a first for Facebook.

"Today, we're very excited to announce that Facebook is acquiring our company. With this acquisition, Little Eye Labs will join forces with Facebook to take its mobile development to the next level! This is Facebook's first acquisition of an Indian company, and we are happy to become part of such an incredible team."

The company will be moving from India to the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, California, part of a journey that it began when it was founded last year.

"Little Eye Labs was founded about a year ago by a bunch of program analysis geeks who wanted to build better tools for mobile developers," the firm explained.

"We released our official version of Little Eye for Android in early April of this year, and since then we have had many Android developers and testers using Little Eye Labs to measure, analyse, and optimise their app's performance. We're thankful for the opportunity we've had to make an impact in the development of some of the best apps out there."

We do not know what Facebook has in store for the company, but it suggested that it will turn its technology inwards, using it to improve the performance of apps on the social network.

"For us, this is an opportunity to make an impact on the more than [one] billion people who use Facebook," it added.

"This has been a fun and exciting journey. We're eager to be working alongside the incredible team at Facebook, and together, we'll continue on our mission of building awesome analysis tools to aide in the development of brilliant apps."

Little Eye customers will have until 30 June this year to grab a free version of its software to use at their leisure. The Indian firm is in the process of releasing its software. µ


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