Beta by Crashlytics vs DryDock: What are the differences?
Developers describe Beta by Crashlytics as "Free, streamlined beta distribution for iOS/Android". A streamlined solution for distributing apps that gives you a single, cross-platform toolset for iOS and Android, and a delightful, effortless onboarding for your testers. On the other hand, DryDock is detailed as "DryDock enables rapid-deployment of internal product releases on demand while remaining on a supported internal update track". DryDock is an open source iOS application that we built at Venmo to manage and install all of our internal builds, allow employees to download new experimental apps at any time and to easily share builds designed for a broader audience with their friends.
Beta by Crashlytics and DryDock can be primarily classified as "Beta Testing / Mobile App Distribution" tools.
Some of the features offered by Beta by Crashlytics are:
- Dashboard that delivers detailed build, tester and developer information
- See the activity of both your developers and your testers. All in one screen.
- Integrated with Crashlytics- Get performance insight, starting with beta testing, all the way through App or Play store distribution.
On the other hand, DryDock provides the following key features:
- Rapidly share builds
- Install any version of the your app that you've ever released to the App Store.
- DryDock is built on the Parse backend to make it really simple (and free) for anybody to host their own version of DryDock.
DryDock is an open source tool with 450 GitHub stars and 38 GitHub forks. Here's a link to DryDock's open source repository on GitHub.
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We have used this product on several high-profile iOS and Android applications, after using TestFlight for a couple of years; when TestFlight was acquired, Android support was deprecated. Managing two alpha/beta distribution solutions is cumbersome -- the Google Play service is prone to accidental mistakes in terms of release by inexperienced clients, and the TestFlight process is less streamlined for iOS distribution than the latest using Fabric (Crashlytics, Beta, Answer stack). It is simple, free, and platform agnostic -- what more could you hope for?
This project has been deprecated and will no longer be supported by Venmo.