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Feb 27, 2014

Apple's TestFlight Acquisition Calls for a Testflight Alternative

cim2There was plenty of developer buzz this week about Apple’s rumored plans to acquire Burstly, the makers of an in-app ad management platform and the parent company of mobile app testing platform TestFlight. And for good reason. TestFlight has been a popular mobile app testing product for many years, and while Apple officials have been mum about the deal (Apple historically doesn't publicly acknowledge its smaller acquisitions), TestFlight recently announced that it will be terminating Android support as of March 21 along with its plans to discontinue its TestFlight SDK. While mobile app performance testing tools such as TestFlight and the comparable HockeyApp are great tools for technical developers, they also have serious limitations for enterprises. For instance, while TestFlight is free to use, there are strict limitations on the number of iOS devices that can be tested. Plus, both TestFlight and HockeyApp are truly intended for technical developers.

Mobile Application Management as a Testflight Alternative

If you’re an enterprise mobility strategist for a Fortune 500 company that needs to test the functionality and usability of apps for dozens or even hundreds of salespeople, marketers, field service technicians, and other employees -- TestFlight and HockeyApp aren't the best options. They’re also not well-suited if your company creates and needs to test enterprise mobile apps for use by thousands of customers to reinforce their brands. Developers within enterprise companies need a Testflight alternative, a commercial-grade mobile app testing product that is cross-platform (iOS, Android, Blackberry) and is easy and intuitive to use. With Apperian mobile app testing, developers of enterprise apps can test their app with as many users as they want. By extending mobile app testing to a broader set of end users, developers and their companies are able to obtain more extensive feedback on deficiencies in pre-production apps that need to be addressed. By applying more rigorous and extensive app testing to a wider range of users, this can help ensure that any apps being released to employees, contractors, business partners, and end customers are of the highest quality and protect the integrity of the brand.


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