Feb 21, 2013
The beauty of Android for developers is that deploying pre-release apps is extremely easy, just send out an APK and boom. iOS has all kinds of hurdles with provisioning files, and ad hoc builds not properly installing, which is why something like Testflight is a necessary development for the platform. IT makes it easy to distribute development builds to those who need them. Android hasn’t had something that streamlines the process like that until now. Testflight for Android has officially gone into a private beta.
While such a service is not needed on a technical level like on iOS, it does provide several tools to help developers, like offering a single source for testers to get builds from, and analytics on installs and device info for those sending out builds. Plus, since Android makes installing apps from outside approved app stores much easier, many of the app installation issues that plague Testflight on iOS should be a non-starter. This service has dramatically improved the ad hoc distribution process on iOS and for Android developers, it should do the same. As well, a dedicated app on Google Play will also be made available. Interested developers can sign up for the beta from Testflight’s Android landing page.