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Awesome alarm app Timely goes free as Google gobbles parent company

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Google has acknowledged the purchase of one of Android’s best design and development firms, Bitspin, the Swiss company behind popular alarm clock app, Timely.

Unlike many so-called “acquihires,” Timely for Android is not only still available on Google Play, but all the premium content available via in-app purchase has now gone free. The company said on its website, “We’re thrilled to announce that Bitspin is joining Google, where we’ll continue to do what we love: building great products that are delightful to use,” indicating that the team may stay independent for the time being.

At the same time, it’s clear that Google noticed the company had the potential to add to the Android team proper: Timely, for example, employs a fairly ambitious and fluid design that fits into the larger Android design framework. Considering Android is still considered relatively difficult to design for across multiple resolutions, incorporating the ideas of companies like Bitspin will benefit the Android community as a whole.

SourceBitspin
  • Striker67

    Another gobbling up of a small company by a bigger one. Doesn’t anyone do their own thing anymore.

  • HD Z

    Google’s anti-competitive software dumping continues…

    • 4beaches

      What are you talking about? I can guarantee that this is exactly what the company wanted. The app is now free as well.

    • HD Z

      If you don’t understand google it.
      Wikipedia article Predatory pricing is a good start.

    • Lukas Drives

      So you’re saying google doesn’t want developers to create apps for their play store that they profit from.

  • mwahahahaha

    Hey Google….gobble this (__|__) !!

  • Lukas Drives

    I looked and couldn’t find any either.

  • Lukas Drives

    I’d be pissed if I bought the app before this happened.

    • Nadefrenzy

      Read some reviews and some guy actually bought it a few days ago when it was on “sale” LMAO. He was complaining about this exact same thing.

  • AKDISQUS

    This is what happens when you hate Blackberry. Enjoy the Google/Apple duopoly.

    • Bbrysucks

      Shut the pie hole manic.

    • thisiscjay

      Aw poor butthurt

  • Henry

    Just my guess would be the theme options and alarm effects

  • Akash Singh

    What’s the matter with Google taking up this company ? Google took android in the first place and look how much it has grown. You think apple and Microsoft build their own stuff ? The app is free and it will make android look better. I guess the people hating are apple or blackberry users who don’t get to use such beautiful apps. Oh well. I think it is a good thing for android users.

    • Accophox

      App wasn’t free previously.

    • Gohy

      Exactly. Large companies don’t really innovate on their own these days. Apple iPod’s software was based on software by a small company (Pixo) that apple acquired. Also Siri was a standalone app in the app store before it was acquired by Apple.

  • FunkyMonkey

    colour options, and premium puzzles to stop the alarm.

  • FunkyMonkey

    they come with the app, its just you don’t have to pay for unlocking

  • Mike

    You had a few options.
    They had different sound packages you could pay to unlock different alarm tones.
    They also had an advertisement on the bottom that you could have paid to get rid of.

    If you didn’t want to pay money for these, there was also the option of sharing your referral link (through facebook, twitter, etc.) and anyone who signed up through your referral link got you some credit. I think you needed about 10 referrals to unlock the everything.

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