Shadow is making its first acquisition as it announced it would acquire Genymobile, the company behind Genymotion. Shadow is well known for its cloud computing services, especially for cloud gaming. We also offer a Nextcloud-based cloud storage service.
As for Genymobile, the French startup has been around for over a decade. He specializes in low-level Android development. Specifically, we developed a popular Android emulator to help developers test their apps in multiple configurations and according to different scenarios.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Genymobile co-founder and CTO Arnaud Dupuis will remain with the company and will serve as CEO of Genymobile from 1 March. Genymobile’s current CEO, Tim Danford, will step down from the company’s day-to-day operations and transition to an advisor role.
“We are very pleased to announce this acquisition,” said Eric Sèle, CEO of Shadow, in a statement. “This acquisition brings additional expertise to Shadow and demonstrates our ambitions as a growth company both internally and externally.”
Genymotion started as a desktop emulator for Android development. Businesses can pay a subscription price to run virtual devices on their computers. Recently, we started offering a hosted version of the Genymotion emulation. Genymobile handles the server infrastructure and you can use your web browser to interact with the app.
Enterprise clients can also use Genymotion to run Android virtual devices on their preferred cloud platform (Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Alibaba Cloud, Oracle Cloud, or on-premises).
Moving to the cloud means you can use Genymotion for your automated tests and trigger those tests in your continuous integration system. For example, every time you create a new build, CircleCI or GitHub Actions can kick off some tests in Genymotion to make sure the new version doesn’t break.
Developers get alerts if something goes wrong. In addition to Android development, quality assurance teams can use Genymotion to reproduce bugs on specific devices in specific geographic locations.
Shadow recently launched business services for cloud computing. Businesses have access to high-performance virtual machines running Windows Server. This service could benefit game studios, 3D animation companies, and other industries that need powerful GPUs.
The acquisition of Genymobile will allow Shadow to provide access to another type of machine in the cloud, in this case Android devices.