Yahoo has announced the acquisition of popular Android, iOS and web-based to-do app, Astrid, for an undisclosed sum. The service began its life on Android, one of the first exclusive apps for the burgeoning platform back in 2009, and expanded to iOS and the web over the next few years.
Yahoo has been on an acquisition rampage lately, purchasing Summly for $30 million, an app designed by teen Nick D’Alosio. The company has also been busy releasing new versions of its mobile apps, mainly for iOS, focusing on hot properties Flickr, Yahoo Mail and its weather assets.
The Astrid announcement was posted on the company’s blog, stating that the service will stop accepting premium subscribers as of today, and will cease to function within 90 days. For users with extensive histories on the service, as it is used by over four million people to keep track of groceries, daily reminders and more, Astrid will issue a tool to download relevant information before it is shut down.
Astrid’s founder, Jon Paris said, “We’re really excited to join the mobile team and continue this work with Yahoo!’s goal of ‘making the world’s daily habits more inspiring and entertaining.'”
While I’m sad to hear about the service’s closure — I use it every day and prefer it over much of the competition — it’s a great success story for a small company with limited resources. Here’s hoping that Yahoo does more than just acquire the talent.
Source: Astrid Blog