Facebook acquires Monoidics to kill mobile app bugs

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has acquired Monoidics, which develops software code verification and analysis tools optimized for mobile. Financial details were not disclosed.

"This asset acquisition represents our investment in the quality of our mobile applications platform," said Philip Su, director of Facebook's London engineering office, in a post confirming the deal. The Monoidics engineering team will shift to Facebook's London offices once the acquisition is completed, Su added.

Monoidics' Infer Static Analyzer leverages mathematical principles to help developers deliver bug-free code and improve memory safety and security. The complementary Infer X-Ray visualizes software quality, helping engineers and IT managers identify critical components and areas of risk in need of upgrades. Monoidics clients include ARM, Airbus and Mitsubishi Electric.

Mobile app quality is a growing Facebook concern. Last month, the company launched a public testing program enabling consumers to trial beta versions of its mobile social networking application for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, a move to generate feedback across an array of operating system versions and device form factors. "This new tool will help us get performance data and feedback from more people ahead of release across a wider range of devices and versions of Android," explained Facebook for Android Product Manager Ragavan Srinivasan. "The ultimate goal of the program is to release updates to Facebook for Android that are more reliable and better performing."

The launch of the beta testing initiative followed roughly six months after Facebook kicked off a partner beta program providing pre-release Android apps to allies including Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), HTC, Ericsson, Sony, Huawei and MediaTek.

And it's not surprising that Facebook is spending more money on mobile: Facebook's total mobile monthly active users eclipsed desktop users earlier this year and reached 751 million in the first quarter of 2013, a year-over-year increase of 54 percent. Facebook's mobile-only MAUs also increased to 189 million, up from 157 million in the previous quarter.

For more:
- read this Facebook post
- read this Monoidics blog post
- read this TechCrunch article

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