Oh, so that's why they were shutting down Android support

Burstly, the developers behind a beta testing framework called TestFlight, has been acquired by Apple under undisclosed terms. TestFlight isn't particularly well-known around Android circles, so it's no surprise that they announced the termination of their Android beta a few days ago.

Having used TestFlight a few times to preview iOS apps, I can say it's a great tool, but mostly it just highlights how silly wide-scale pre-launch app distribution can be on iOS compared to Android. On Android, you get an .APK and away you go. Sure, there are many developers who are sensitive to that installation file leaking out and getting subsequently pirated. Plus, when dealing with anything outside of Google Play, you need a mechanism for updating apps, since new builds will be coming fast and furious. In those cases, there are still several Android beta testing solutions available out there. It just happens that TestFlight was the most well-known one, even though it had made a name for itself primarily on iOS.

Developers, how do you beta test your application? Do you need a specific solution to do get through the process?

Source: TechCrunch


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TestFlight developer acquired by Apple


The logo looked a lot like something Apple would make, so I'm not too surprised there

Posted via Android Central App on my LG Nexus 5 (Sprint)

You can't push updates to the Play store via Jenkins if you're doing continuous integration. Makes it a non starter for us...
Hockey app looks OK so far but there's no free option

P.s. it's not about analytics. Testflight is about easy testing to a controlled group of users.

THIS! My company used TestFlight for this particular project I'm on. It was a breeze. Now we have to switch to EASE. I thought the TestFlight android app was bad... EASE's is muuuch worse. Though, now I"m going to see if I can get Jenkins to just email everyone.

It was a nice website. Sucks that they're being bought out to Android users. Good for the developers, though.

We only use Testflight for iOS apps at our company, because there's no need to use it on Android. We can just send the APK or use the alpha/beta feature of Google Play.

Well, in fact there is a good alternative - Ubertesters - http://ubertesters.com/ Supports iOS, Android, WinPhone. Offers not only OTA build distribution and crash reports, but many other useful features that helps to organize and manage mobile beta testing process. They have cool bug submission tool that we like and there is a free plan.