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

There are 18 comments

Jay Soto says:

There's a typo.

"will be comign fast and furious"

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asianmack says:

Google Play + Google Plus has Alpha/Beta testing already part of the app store listing process. http://developer.android.com/distribute/googleplay/about/distribution.html

That's what we use.

jamesuriah says:

No continuous integration support and the Google+ requirement makes this a non option for a lot of devs.

Grahaman27 says:

there is no need for testflight on android, google gives you all the analytics you need.

namdude0373 says:

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)

Everybody knows that Apple needs all the help they can get. They are still trying to pass off a phone they made in 2006 as new!

jubeldum says:


Posted from my LG LS970 using my thumb

klokateer123 says:

My thoughts exactly.

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Mihavit says:

Lol that is true

And it they made it happen everytime by out selling any andriod phone

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thatguy97 says:

OK not yawn!

Sent from my Nexus 7 2013 or iPhone 5

kenyee says:

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.

jyemenai says:

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.

Victoria Na says:

Stop suffering :) try Ubertesters - it`s the same easy as TF, but offers more functionality - http://ubertesters.com/

jamesuriah says:

You should check out AppBlade.

M3wThr33 says:

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

HubyD says:

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.

Victoria Na says:

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.