Crashlytics, which was acquired by Twitter last year, just launched its second product (the first as a part of the Twitter team).
The new Beta by Crashlytics is a free distribution tool that lets app developers invite beta testers to provide feedback on apps before they are launched to the public. The main product features of Crashlytics Beta include a “streamlined experience for distributing apps that gives you a single, cross-platform toolset for iOS and Android.”
Coupled with Crashlytics high-quality crash reporting solutions for mobile apps, the company now serves as what a Twitter spokesperson called “a one-stop-shop for debugging and distributing apps.”
Wayne Chang, Crashlytics co-founder and Twitter’s global head of developer experience, wrote a blog post about the launch and said, “At Crashlytics, our mission is to deliver the easiest and most powerful tools for mobile developers.” He also hinted that there are a few secret projects still under wraps at Twitter’s local office in Cambridge.
Crashlytics Beta will compete with recently acquired TestFlight (a recent Apple pickup) and HockeyApp for the release of beta versions of mobile apps. Beta has a huge advantage in the space because unlike TestFlight, it supports Android apps (see:TestFlight acquisition by Apple) and it is free, which Hockey is not.