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Apple rumored to have bought out beta test tech outfit Burstly [u]

updated 02:56 pm EST, Fri February 21, 2014

TestFlight suddenly drops Android support

(Updated with Apple confirmation) Apple may have bought out Burstly, the developer of the beta-testing platform TestFlight, sources tell TechCrunch. Without any formal announcements, the company has suddenly stopped taking new customers for its SDK, and told people it will be discontinuing its Android product. The only way people have learned about the changes is through exchanges with @testflightapp, the company's Twitter account. Even then, Burstly has been asking developers to submit email forms to get answers.

It's common for businesses acquired by Apple to halt support for rival platforms. Why it would buy Burstly is uncertain, but the company would presumably want a way of improving quality control for iOS apps. That could come in the form of internal tools or improved software for developers.

Update: Apple has confirmed the buyout with Re/code. It hasn't supplied any other details, but Re/code notes that Android support in TestFlight is ending March 21st.

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