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02-20-2013, 09:14 PM #1
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- Jun 2011
TestFlight launches Android Version
TestFlight, a popular developer tool for iOS that
helps manage beta testing before applications
are released, is adding an Android version.
Fittingly, it’s a private beta version of the app,
which developers can request until it hits the
Google Play Store at a future date.
So far, TestFlight, which was acquired by
Burstly a year ago, has been used for 300,000
apps, and apparently that’s only increasing.
According to the company, 100,000 apps have
been uploaded in the past 90 days. Customers
include Adobe, Disney, Halfbrick, Spotify and
TestFlight for Android? Does that even
make sense, given the openness of that
Thus far, the reason for TestFlight’s existence
has been Apple’s strict policies around testing
apps. The company does not permit anything
that constitutes a “beta” to be approved into its
App Store, so developers use TestFlight to
manage and push prerelease versions to
employees, investors, testers and press.
(That said, it can still be a pretty awkward
process. For instance, most developers are only
allowed 100 unique devices during testing, and
TestFlight doesn’t help them get around that.)
TestFlight co-founder Ben Satterfield said that more than 10,000 developers have asked
for Android support. His team has built a
dashboard so customers can manage beta
testing on both platforms in one place.
Satterfield said via email, “While the over the
air distribution on Android isn’t a pain point
like it is on iOS, team management and
ensuring device coverage in the fragmented
Android ecosystem are still needed points for
developers during the beta process.”
The Android TestFlight experience will be a bit
different, as it will come as a native app, where
TestFlight for iOS works through Safari and
each users’ settings page. But Satterfield said
an iOS app is in the works.