Electric Cloud has launched Ship.io to bring Continuous Delivery (CD) to native iOS and Android app development. This SaaS offering is now available as a free public beta service and sets out to simplify and automates build, test, and deployment processes.
"Mobile app development is increasingly important to a growing range of organizations, and it represents a challenge due to the range of operating systems and devices that each application must support," said Steve Brodie, CEO for Electric Cloud. "By delivering the benefits of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery to the mobile developer market, Ship.io simplifies and streamlines the mobile app lifecycle process, allowing app developers to focus on code and quality of the app."
Despite the rise in mobility, Electric Cloud says that research shows that only 30 percent of software organizations currently test mobile applications. With integration to GitHub, BitBucket, and other Git repositories, Ship.io detects and configures native Android and iOS projects to allow teams to build applications across supported OS, version and device screen types.
It connects existing toolchains to automate unit, functional, and physical device testing, and allows teams to run these tests every time code is committed to provide fast feedback. Test frameworks in iOS and Android are supported.
Ship.io builds can be distributed to users through over-the-air (OTA) distribution, as well as through integrations with HockeyApp and TestFlight. Ship.io dashboards provide complete visibility into all build and test status levels, together with a central management platform for cross-team collaboration and historical reporting.