13
Aug
Amazon-App-Store

Amazon is making it a little easier for devs to put out bug-free apps on its Android Appstore with the new Live App Testing feature. Taking advantage of this capability lets you roll an update out to a limited group of testers who hunt for bugs and send usage data back. It's a little more locked down than Google's Play Store beta program, but that might be preferable sometimes.

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Developers who want to take advantage of Live App Testing will add the email accounts of everyone they want involved in the test. Participants will then be able to download and test the app on Fire and regular Android devices from the Appstore. These test versions will have access to all of Amazon's services like a finished app would, but they also report back usage data (like crashes) to the developer's dashboard. Tests can be ended or updated as the developer sees fit too.

The service is live in the Amazon developer portal and doesn't cost anything to use. It's probably a better option than testing on just your own devices before distributing to Amazon's store.

[Amazon Developers]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • play.com

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  • Floss

    Man I haven't looked at their dev console in a while. I didn't realize you can look at crashes now. I also found a tab called Engagement. I guess Amazon tracks the number of times each is opened. Neat yet kind of creepy.

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  • Jason Kahn

    Just give us the Prime Video App already. My Prime expires in October, you have until then

    • Badouken

      This times a million... Its crazy we still dont have the app... its been almost 3 years since the original kindle fire came out which runs android and had a amazon video app on it... And 2 years since it came out on iPad...

  • http://iammobileguru.tumblr.com/ Chetan Mohan

    Wow. It is great that we can test an app before making it live. That also without spending any single penny . Long Live Amazon :)

  • http://www.keydifference.com/ parkerwills

    That looks cool and I'm gonna try over the app and take advantage of Live App Testing!!

    Once I become familiar I will share my opinion on the app.