Google today has announced that their have acquired RelativeWave, a company that has made a couple applications for Mac and iOS. The software from RealtiveWave focuses on bringing together a couple of tools for developers to see what their apps will look like through the process of development, using RelativeWave’s Mac app ‘Form,’ and the iOS app called Form Viewer which syncs together with the Form app. While there weren’t any details given by RelativeWave or Google about what the plans are for RelativeWave now being on the Google team, we can only deduce that Google will be looking to make RelativeWave’s technology more open and readily available. RelativeWave hints at this by asking us to stay tuned for information about what platforms besides Mac and iOS will have access to Form.
This means we could see something for Android in the future although how far in the future is unknown, or if it will even take shape in the same “Form”(cheesy pun intended)as the original set of apps for Apple’s software. If you’re someone who has looked into creating apps for iOS, Google has apparently made the Form application free on iTunes as of today, where as the app previously cost users $79 to use the tools. The good news it seems for anyone that had purchased Form prior to the free price tag change, is that they should be able to receive refunds for their purchase by contacting RelativeWave support.
RelativeWave makes this clear with a question in their small Q and A below the announcement about the acquisition, but they don’t mention anything about time frames, so the assumption is that no matter when you purchased Form, if you had paid for it you can apparently get your money back. That makes for some pretty awesome support from RelativeWave, where as many companies would simply try to soften the blow of a situation like this by offering discounts on other products you might purchase in the future. Google has been buying up smaller companies in good numbers these days, and we look forward to seeing what Google and RelativeWave have planned for users down the line.