Apple has acquired Burstly, the company behind the free TestFlight iOS beta testing platform for developers, managers, and other testers. TestFlight announced earlier this week that it would be getting rid of the Android version of the software and would stop taking in new customers for its SDK. The company has kept TestFlight open for current customers, though Apple will likely shut down the service and incorporate it into its own developer center sometime in the near future.
Initial reports noted that the acquisition was nothing but a rumor, but Apple later confirmed the purchase to Re/Code. An Apple spokeswoman confirmed the purchase with the same statement the company makes with any acquisition, noting, “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”
Burstly produces some of the best mobile analytics tools for developers, so it isn’t surprising, especially because Apple has so much extra cash to make acquisitions. I think that it is great for the company to start improving developer tools, with so much revenue for the company coming in from the App Store each quarter.