PayPal Acquires Mobile App Developer to Work on Digital Wallet
By Ina Steiner
PayPal has acquired Duff Research, a developer of over 40 mobile apps for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone devices across a wide range of categories. In his announcement of the acquisition, eBay CTO James Barrese said the Duff Research team of engineers will join the PayPal technology team "to help us build creative and simple ways for our customers to use the PayPal digital wallet."
PayPal and eBay have been focusing on mobile shopping and payments, and PayPal recently launched a set of new tools for developers including a mobile SDK "so that developers can deliver great experiences for their customers by reducing friction when it comes to payments."
According to the Duff Research website, it offers full service mobile app development across platforms and devices; user experience expertise; and development of accessories that connect with iPhone and iPad. It also states it can "create and drive a mobile strategy and build your mobile team."
Some of Duff Research projects include:
Adidas miCoach app - "Developed iPhone and Android versions of the miCoach personal trainer app in close collaboration with adidas."
TiVo app - "Created TiVo iPad and iPhone universal app to function as command central for TiVo DVRs."
Swivl - "Created video capture and control application for the revolutionary Swivl iPhone accessory."
Rocknor's Donut Factory - "The founders of Duff Research are big fans of Rocknor's Donut Factory, a critically acclaimed puzzle game for the PC, and wanted to bring the game to the iOS platform."
Barrese said PayPal had begun developing products with a mobile-first mentality last year. "As PayPal continues to be a leader in mobile payments, we are looking for talented engineers with proven mobile experience to help us imagine, develop and deliver products our customers love."
The acquisition fits in with eBay Inc.'s pattern of acquiring small startups over the past few years such as Milo, Hunch, Svpply and those with mobile expertise such as Critical Path Software, WHERE and RedLaser.
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