Testbirds is opening its crowdtesting platform to Android & iOS developers through the free beta-app distribution platform BirdFlight.
With more than one million apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play, competition is tough. It has never been more crucial to test applications before launching them, but app distribution and tester management can be difficult. Hence, there is a great need for a free platform where app developers and project managers can distribute their apps.
In 2010, TestFlight started offering free over-the-air beta distribution for iOS and Android developers, which became a widely used app testing platform. However, the company was bought by Apple last month, thereby making their services exclusive to iOS developers. According to the company, TestFlight will shut down Android support as of March 21 (TestFlight, 2014), leaving a gap in the market.
As Testbirds is distributing beta apps for their crowdtesting projects on a daily basis, the founders have decided to open up the crowdtesting platform to Android & iOS developers before March 21. Philipp Benkler, co-founder of Testbirds explains:
“Every developer should have the opportunity to distribute iOS and Android beta apps to their testers, even if they don’t use our crowdtesting service. This is why we decided to open up the app distribution of our platform to everyone free of charge”.
The platform will launch under the name of BirdFlight, and will provide a free solution in addition to the existing crowdtesting services offered by Testbirds. According to our founders, this addition to Testbirds’ existing portfolio has been in the pipeline for a while now. They decided to speed up the process in light of recent events. “We are making it a priority to ensure BirdFlight will be available before TestFlight ends its support for Android later this month” says co-founder Georg Hansbauer.
To begin with, the distribution platform will include team management to control downloads. If the demand is high enough, BirdFlight will also support SDKs for the full testing package, like crash reports and other insights. The intention is to keep BirdFlight absolutely free. In addition, our professional crowdtesting service will be available as usual for developers who require expert testers or specific focus groups.
Interested developers can now sign up at www.birdflightapp.com to receive exclusive updates about the launch.
TestFlight (2014, Feb. 21). Android end of life. Retrieved from http://help.testflightapp.com/customer/portal/articles/1450414