iOS Development Studio Acrylic Purchased By Facebook, Hinting At Facebook UI Re-Design?
Facebook seems ready to continue their acquisition of more and more iOS-related companies, perhaps in an attempt to make the Facebook app for iOS not completely awful. Just a few short months after paying an enormous price for Instagram, Facebook has bought Vancouver-based developers Acrylic.
Acrylic is the development studio behind Pulp and Wallet. The former is a really snappy-looking news aggregation app, available for Mac and iPad. The latter is a tool for storing all your passwords in one place, and is on Mac and iPhone. Both have extremely good-looking interfaces, and are easy apps to use. That sort of app interface usability is exactly what Facebook’s iOS designers currently suck at, so this may prove to be a smart acquisition for Facebook.
Acrylic’s boss Dustin MacDonald posted the news on their studio’s blog earlier today, saying they’ve already begun to pack their things. They’ll be moving from Vancouver, Canada down to the Facebook offices in San Francisco. He also mentioned that their current apps were not acquired as part of the deal, so they won’t be amalgamated into Facebook or anything. You’ll be able to continue using Pulp and Wallet for now, though there’s no word on whether they’ll get compatibility updates for new iOS versions, now that Acrylic is doing Facebook stuff.