Pixate- a Y Combinator alumnus, which is a mobile app prototyping service has been acquired by Google to work with Google’s design team. Because of a result of this deal, Pixate studio has been made free and there will be a massive reduction in the costs of its cloud service.
Pixate was launched in 2012 to offer designers with the ability to craft and design mobile interactions easily and make them more accessible. On their website, it is mentioned that their service will continue as a standalone product without any service interruption. Pixate’s CEO Paul Colton in the blog post said that “we started three years ago with the main goal to make prototyping in native mobile applications easily accessible. It was our early adopters who actually helped and guide us to the path of creating tools that fit the needs of all the designers who have been struggling to transform their ideas into reality”. Many companies, from single-person startups to global corporations have been using Pixate to turn their app ideas to reality. Pixate has become an essential part of the workflow for tens of thousands of designers, and after this acquisition by Google, they will reach millions of product teams across the globe.
Pixate raised $3.8 million in funding from Accel Partners in year 2013. It also launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise $25,000 and ended upraising more than $61,000. Form 1.3, which is a design tool allowing you to build and customize native prototypes on iOS devices also received an update. Form 1.3 is a tool for advanced designers who want to explore on new types of interactions, gestures, and animations on devices.