Beta by Crashlytics vs TestFairy: 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, TestFairy is detailed as "Painless Beta Testing". When testing apps in the crowd, you never know what exactly was done, and what went wrong on the client side. TestFairy shows you a video of the exact test that was done, including CPU, memory, GPS, network and a lot more.
Beta by Crashlytics and TestFairy 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, TestFairy provides the following key features:
- App distribution
- Video recording
- Crash handler
"Dirt-simple integration" is the primary reason why developers consider Beta by Crashlytics over the competitors, whereas "Get video rec of the user on your app" was stated as the key factor in picking TestFairy.
According to the StackShare community, Beta by Crashlytics has a broader approval, being mentioned in 19 company stacks & 9 developers stacks; compared to TestFairy, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.
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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?