Social media giant Facebook has bought Monoidics, a company whose technology detects errors in coding.
It was recently revealed that technical staff working at the London-based start-up are set to join Facebook’s engineering hub, also in London.
Making the announcement on Facebook, the director of the platform’s London engineering office, Philip Su, said the recent acquisition showed how the company is committed to investing in quality mobile apps. These have previously been criticised for being too slow or prone to bugs.
“This asset acquisition represents our investment in the quality of our mobile applications platform and also our people, as members of [Monoidics’] talented engineering team will join us to work at Facebook’s London office once the deal closes.
“We have always focused on hiring smart, talented engineers – and in this acquisition, we found many.”
With technology from Monoidics in place, the firm is now expected to be able to more easily find mistakes in lines of code. A number of big brands are already using Monoidics’ technology, including Airbus and Mitsubishi.
Founded by an Italian entrepreneur in 2009, Monoidics is currently based in the ‘Silicon Roundabout’ area of London but also has offices in Tokyo and Seattle.
The cost of the acquisition has not been disclosed.
With a large number of Facebook’s users checking their newsfeeds, timelines and inboxes via smartphones and tablets, the company now regularly updates its mobile app. It is believed that by working with Monoidics, Facebook will be better equipped to iron out issues with its mobile offering.