It’s no secret that developing and testing Android applications can be difficult, but a newly launched solution called DeployGate intends to take the pain out of part of the process. In a nutshell, DeployGate makes it possible for companies to distribute Android apps that are currently in development to team members over the air and monitor the performance.
The service lets users upload unreleased Android apps to multiple devices by dragging and dropping them in the DeployGate dashboard, collect logs and reports, or push updates – again, all by using the network.
The similarity to TestFlight seems to be obvious, but DeployGate offers a number of key features that set it apart from the popular iOS app-testing service.
For example, DeployGate:
Further technical details can be found here (the service is available in English and Japanese).
While DeployGate is free to everyone who wants to try it, there are three different price plans for individual Android developers, small companies, and large enterprise projects.
That unit, the so-called Innovation Center, is supposed to accelerate the creation of new, in-house businesses to expand mixi’s overall product portfolio. And DeployGate, as one of those new businesses, is thought to leverage the company’s experience with developing smartphone apps – similar to Amazon’s branching out of e-commerce with AWS.
Here’s the official DeployGate promo video:
Mixi, Inc. is a Tokyo-based web company established in 1999, initially as an online job service. Mixi is now known for its social network service of the same name, which is by far the biggest one in Japan. The site boasts over 19 million members and gets over 14 billion page views monthly (July 2008). The mobile version is more popular than the PC site. Mixi is only available in Japanese and officially restricted to adults. The service requires an invitation...