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Apple now owns popular mobile app testing platform TestFlight
Apple now owns popular mobile app testing platform TestFlight
February 21, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

TechCrunch reports that Apple has acquired Burstly, the software company best known for running mobile app testing platform TestFlight.

We don't yet know what this means for developers who use TestFlight to distribute early versions of their mobile games and apps to beta testers and reviewers, rather than relying on limited supplies of App Store promo codes provided by Apple.

Neither Apple nor Burstly has provided any meaningful comment on the future of Burstly software.

"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," stated Apple representative Kristin Huguet when pressed for comment by TechCrunch reporters.

It's worth pointing out that TestFlight recently announced plans to stop new teams from using its SDK -- current users may continue unhindered -- and cease supporting TestFlight for Android next month.

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Terry Matthes
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Dick move.

Jason French
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Jason Bentley
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He's suggesting that Apple intentionally bought the company to prevent a useful tool from supporting it's competitors

Jeremy Alessi
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I love Test Flight. I've never really used it for Android anyway because you can easily send APK's out to testers. It'll be interesting to see how Apple integrates this. Maybe there will be a test build manager in iTunes Connect. This way you can move a build into production if it passes the test. That's one really nice thing about Google Play Dev now. Apple should also adopt the Google Play reverse flow new list although that's another story.

Victoria Nagornaya
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There is a good alternative of TF - the service is called Ubertesters - In fact they offer much more than just OTA build distribution and crash reports, but all the necessary tools to effectively organize and manage mobile beta testing process.