Facebook has made its first buyout of an Indian startup in the form of Little Eye Labs, an Android app testing company founded in 2012.
Little Eye Labs helps developers understand their app's performance by measuring things like power consumption, memory usage and background operations when the app is not being used.
The company tests apps running on Android 2.2 (Froyo) upwards so the team will no doubt be tasked with ensuring that existing Facebook users are getting the best experience no matter what version they have on their handset.
Although Facebook is one of the most widely-used platforms on the planet, there is no doubt room for growth. And Android accounted for more than 80 per cent of smartphone sales in Q3 last year, acccording to Gartner, with 41 per cent of those made in China.
Given that Samsung is the only non-Chinese vendor in the top 10 Android players in the country, as well as the huge range of handsets in use across the APAC region particularly, companies looking to crack these markets will need to ensure their apps work on all incarnations of the Android OS.
Little Eye Labs was backed by GSF Superangels and then Indian VC fund VenturEast, so this acquisition is also a boon for the Indian startup scene. The whole Little Eye Labs team will move to Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
The company's current customers will receive further information about what they can do moving forward.