Popular app beta testing service TestFlight has announced that developers can now upload Android apps to its platform, and an Android SDK will launch next week for a small number of developers in private beta.

Previously, Android app support was only available to a select few. Over the last 45 days, Testflight shared that 5,000 developers were granted access to the new feature and 4,500 apps were uploaded. Those apps have since been “downloaded more than 50,000 times.”

As shown in the image below, Android support has been merged directly into the TestFlight service; there’s now one place to upload and manage Android and iOS apps.

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Now open to all developers, TestFlight is looking to expand its dominance beyond the iOS development industry. Right now, Android developers can take advantage of “beta app management, distribution, tracking, and centralized feedback,” but features like crash reporting won’t be available until the Android SDK launches.

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