Google snaps up Firebase to boost its mobile momentum

Google is buying Firebase, a San Francisco startup dedicated to easing the development and deployment of mobile applications, and will now become part of the Google Cloud Platform.  Firebase’s strength was its ability to store and sync data in real time. Terms were not disclosed

In a note, [company]Firebase[/company] CEO James Tamplin told his company’s users to stick around:

Firebase is here to stay and grow. You can continue to count on the same great development experience, tools, libraries and community commitment that have become synonymous with Firebase. If you’re a developer who has built an app on top of Firebase, nothing will change for you, and you can continue to use Firebase as you normally would. We’ll continue to be platform agnostic and provide clients for iOS, Android, the web, and more.

This deal, outlined here, is further proof, if anyone needed it, that mobility rules. [company]Facebook[/company] bought Parse, [company]Red Hat[/company] bought FeedHenry to boost their mobile development efforts while Amazon Web Services and [company]Microsoft[/company] are fielding their own cloud-based mobile app development capabilities.

According to Firebase, this combination will give Firebase developers access to powerful cloud infrastructure, and GCP customers “will gain access to our rapid development capabilities. Together we’ll deliver a complete platform for mobile and web apps.”

Firebase was co-founded by Tamplin, one of GigaOM’s 10 cloud trailblazers with funding from Union Square Ventures, and Flybridge Capital Partners.

Google now claims 100,000 developers for its cloud platform, but [company]Amazon[/company] remains the cloud to beat.  Acquisitions like this one could bring more developers into the Google cloud fold.

James Tamplin, co-founder and CEO of Firebase, at the company's San Francisco office

James Tamplin, co-founder and CEO of Firebase, at the company’s San Francisco office