Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Infrastructures for Beta Testing Mobile Applications

If you are developing a mobile application you probably need some way to get it in the hands of other people to test it. There are a lot of paid and free services to easily do this by downloading an app, logging in, and selecting the app to be installed. One of these services is TestFlight, but...

On 2/19/2014 TestFlight announced they would be dropping Android support on 3/21/2014 (http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/02/20/testflight-beta-testing-and-deployment-service-is-dropping-android-support-march-21st/), so for your procrastinators you have a few days to find something else. For most people building mobile applications you are building for more than one platform, so if you were using TestFlight you have a problem. The following is a quick comparison of all of your various multi-platform testing distribution solutions.

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I ended up going with HockeyApp myself for the following reasons:

  • I didn't want to have a different service, different app, and different set of users for every platform I target (iOS, Android, Windows 8, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8 )
  • I didn’t want to have to go about implementing an SDK (Ubertesters) in every single one of my apps past, present, and future just to be able to upload