Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet has confirmed to the media that the Cupertino giant has acquired Burstly, the owner of iOS beta testing platform TestFlight, likely to bolster its own App Store offerings.
“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told Re/code.
Burstly owns FlightPath, a mobile app management and analytics platform, and TestFlight, a tool that allows developers release their applications to testers without having to ask Apple for approval.
The acquisition can be for anything from a new iWatch app store to an Apple TV game store, if rumors of a gaming-centric Apple TV prove to be accurate.
As part of the acquisition, TestFlight will cease to support Android app testing starting on March 21. As of now it is unknown how much Apple paid for the company.