Apple acquires TestFlight owner, Burstly, shutting down Android support

Daniel Bader

February 21, 2014 6:40 pm

Apple has acquired Burstly, the parent company of popular mobile app testing platform, TestFlight, for an undisclosed sum.

The company announced this week that it was shutting down support for its Android app in late March, and it would be discontinuing signups for new clients, including those on iOS; existing TestFlight subscribers will continue to be able to use the service for the foreseeable future.

Burstly initially purchased TestFlight, which was a standalone project, in late 2011, and combined the two companies’ mobile analytics projects into FlightPath, which is also shutting down.

Apple’s acquisitions tend to be quiet, usually incorporating the employees of the startup into various engineering or development arms of the company itself. With TestFlight shutting down, a way of testing beta apps on a larger scale is going away, itself a valuable resource in Apple’s closed App Store ecosystem. It’s unclear whether Apple, like Google, will create a way for beta apps to be distributed within its own thick walls, but it would be to the benefit of individuals and enterprises if they do.

  • Matt Welke

    :(

  • philnolan3d

    Typical apple.

    • Eduardo

      It’s not the same, as far as I know, sparrow is still available.

      “…While we’ll be working on new things at Google, we will continue to make Sparrow available and provide support for our users.”

      But I also think it makes little sense for them to provide support for Android, I’m just pointing out that your analogy might not have been accurate

    • Jonathan Schmitt

      ??This is very Apple. Apple is very centric on its own ecosystem and does not like to provide support to other companies. A great example is its ‘office’ suite. Pages, Numbers and Keynote are great products – Numbers being the best (my opinion). Will they every allow this to be supported by other manufactures? No. Why? Greed and control. Google on the other hand supports all, or mostly all, manufacturers with the Google Drive lineup and wants to encourage the products they create.

      I understand I will not change your view, and I am fine with that. But I think my post makes a lot of sense.

    • It’s Me

      You mean typical google, cuz it’s not like google doesn’t do similar thing. They did EXACTLY this when they bought SimplifyMedia and shut down the iPhone service even thought the app was launched and popularized on iPhone. Or when Baidu/Alibaba forked Android and google threatened to remove all support from Acer and kick them out of the Android program (OHA).

      You guys have some hard on for blaming Apple when others do exactly the same thing. Typical religious hypocrites.

    • philnolan3d

      Actually Google does the exact opposite most of the time. They are constantly giving their software like Maps and Google+ to ios users, not taking it away. apple is well known for making their software not available on other platforms.

    • It’s Me

      Only when it serves their data collection and advertising needs. They make no secret of that.

      You guys really are completely snowed by google PR, aren’t you?

    • philnolan3d

      Snowed by reality is more like it.

    • It’s Me

      Aside from those that serve to collect data or ads, please provide examples of 5 google services, apps or products that google provides with no strings attached to all platforms.

      Your reality seems to be whatever big brother google tells you to think it is. Your dogmatic belief in google’s altruism would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

  • Shawn Payne

    At least Google, Microsoft and even BlackBerry have some of their apps run on other platforms. But Apple? Noooooo…

    It wouldn’t hurt Apple to release an app like iTunes on Android and Windows. I’m not an iTunes user, but I know a lot of people that use it.

    • alphs22

      Because the main source of revenue from the companies you mention are quite different.

      Google makes 96-97% of their revenue from ads. Making their apps more widely available means more data for ad targeting and more ad opportunity, which translates to more revenue. It makes sense for them to make their product available everywhere.

      Microsoft makes most of its money from consumer software and the enterprise side of things. More people running their software means more money for them.

      Blackberry, well I don’t know what they’re doing exactly.

      Apple makes most of their money from hardware sales. Therefore their strategy is getting people to buy their hardware for one reason or another. They have no incentive to offer their software on other platforms.

      Different companies, different strategies. But there’s the reason why.

    • Richard Xing

      iTunes is on Windows.

    • jon

      He means Windows phone

    • jon

      Apple only cares about them selves and there users wallets. thats why im not a Apple fan boy

    • It’s Me

      As opposed to who?

      You honestly think google cares about you? That’s hilarious.

    • jndvrk

      The main reason Apple doesn’t is that they are a hardware company at heart. iTunes, icloud, iWork, iThis, iThat, it’s all created to make their hardware – iPhones, iPads, Macs – a more appealing product.

      Google and Microsoft approach it from the other end, they create the hardware so that you have access to their software, that is why they want to have it on multiple platforms.

    • kaostheory

      Exactly. An iPhone running Android wouldn’t sell.

  • Nahuel

    Who cares anyway… I beet there’s 3 Android users for that app.

    • Zomby2D

      I know more that 3 people who were using it. As a beta tester of some Android apps I can tell you that developers liked having a single platform to deploy their builds to for both iOS and Android.

  • jon

    Typical Apple move sure Google will share there first party apps with ios and make chrome for osx but no Apple wont dare share there apps or programs with anyone. Screw apple money hungry A holes i will never buy a Apple product for long as i shall live

    • It’s Me

      Very naive. Sad.

      Google shares only what they can make money from of mine data from.

      Google has done exactly this, multiple time. SimplyMedia is one example.

    • d3v14n7

      Now that’s rich, you calling someone else naive…

    • It’s Me

      Zing!

      Thanks for the well thought out and intelligent response ;)

    • d3v14n7

      You mean, much like yours?

    • It’s Me

      Another shortbus zinger!

  • Solar Storm

    Dang! as a mobile developer of both iOS and Android, it was nice to have one tool to manage all of the beta testing.