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Google acquires RelativeWave, giving away its $80 Form app for free

Google has acquired RelativeWave, the company behind the Mac tool "Form". Not only does Google likely have some big changes in store, they are also giving away the tool for $80.

Published onNovember 19, 2014


RelativeWave is a small startup that is known for its Mac app “Form”, which allows devs to actually see what their iOS apps look like as they work on the design. Now Google has swooped in and purchased the company, and its likely they have big plans for its future.

While the app currently is only for Macs and just supports the iOS mobile platform with its Viewer, we don’t expect it to stay that way. When asked if the Form viewer is now available for other platforms aside from iOS, the team simply stated “stay tuned”. This means one of two possibilities: first, Google could add Android support for the Viewer and might even make the tool work on the PC and Mac. Second, Google could eventually end up scrapping Form altogether in favor of a new program that’s exclusively for Android developers.

We really can’t say what the future holds, though with Material Design and Google’s big push into improving app design quality, this new acquisition can only mean good things for the future of app design. In the meantime, Google is giving away the original (Mac/iOS only) program for free. That’s pretty big news, considering this was an $80 program. Even better, RelativeWave says they will issue refunds to those who previously purchased the program.

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