Apple acquires App Search engine Chomp for $50 million

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Technology giant Apple has acquired the San Francisco-based app- search startup Chomp, which lets users search through an array of apps available for Apple’s iPad and iPhone, as well as devices running Google’s Android operating system.

Apple has paid about $50 million for Chomp deal, person familiar with the matter, told the Bloomberg. But, the technology giant has refused to disclose the price of the purchase.

“We buy smaller technology companies from time to time and generally don’t comment on our purposes or plans,” Amy Bessette, a spokeswoman for Apple stated.

Chomp, founded in 2009, has raised around $2.5 million in funding from BlueRun Ventures, SV Angel founder Ron Conway, Aydin Senkut, David Lee, Brian Pokorny and Auren Hoffman.

Apple’s app store currently features more than 550,000 apps, and claims 25 billion total downloads from the store. The store has been criticized by some for being difficult to navigate, and the acquisition of Chomp suggests that Apple might well be working towards making its store more convenient for users to  find and purchase apps. It remains unclear, though, whether Chomp will continue to operate its search service that features apps for Google’s Android devices or not.

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