It was probably inevitable that things would change after PayPal bought StackMob and its mobile app development platform three months ago. Now that change has arrived. StackMob is shutting down and its people are being pulled into mobile payments, according to a blog post by StackMob co-founder Ty Amell.
Here’s the gist: The platform will stop working on May 11, 2014 and at that time, customers will lose access to their accounts. “This serves as our notice of termination of our agreement with you,” Amell wrote.
“To ease the transition, we are launching a data exporter to help you get all your data out of StackMob in CSV format. If you would like the data you have stored in StackMob, please ensure you export your data before May 11th (the data will not be available for export after this date). If you have any specific questions about your apps or any requests about extracting your data, please email email@example.com.”
Developers use these server-side platforms — typically known by the awful term “Mobile Backend as a Service,” or MBaaS — to speed development of mobile apps that hook into various cloud back-end subsystems. And that world is both narrowing and expanding: Facebook bought Parse last April and Amazon Web Services is gearing up its mobile development push, as is Salesforce.com. and Microsoft with Windows Azure. A handful of enterprise-focused MBaaS players — Kinvey, AnyPresence and FeedHenry — remain independent.