Update Nov 30 11:00pm PST Android testing is once again available! iOS to come online shortly. Expect a hiccup here and there over the next couple days as we work out some kinks in the new setup. Once again, thanks for your patience!
Update Nov 30 7:00am PST We’re moving now and testing will be available in approximately 24 hours! We’ll keep this and our Twitter feed up to date if the plan changes. Thanks for your patience!
We’re moving the device lab on Saturday, November 30th. Because this requires physically transporting the devices, servers, and other infrastructure the testing portion of AppThwack will be unavailable for approximately 24 hours. The viewing of existing test results will be uninterrupted.
Why are we moving?
We’ve been fortunate to be part of the Portland Incubator Experiment, or PIE as it’s more commonly known, and have been running operations in its facilities since July of 2012. We’re forever grateful to the team at PIE and the companies we’ve worked with side-by-side. Seriously, it’s not easy sitting in the same room as several hundred devices played Nyan Cat with full volume (Yes, this happened).
As we’ve expanded both our team and our lab this past year, it became clear we need some breathing room. A dedicated space is a must, especially given our unique lab requirements, so a search for a new home began earlier this year.
From a testing perspective, nothing is changing. We have a bunch of cool features in the works, but they’re all independent of the lab move we’re announcing today. There are a couple high-level advantages to the new move that directly benefits you, though.
Although we made huge strides in WiFi connectivity over the past few months, there’s always room for improvement. The new space will have a more reliable Internet connection, and our WiFi setup is getting a refresh. The result is better overall network stability for your tests.
Our current space is keycard protected during off hours, but the new space ups the security measures substantially. The lab will exist in its own, physically isolated space, with access restricted to just AppThwack employees. In short, nobody will catch a glimpse of your latest work.
We’ll provide updates on Twitter throughout the move. We’ll start around 7am Pacific Time on November 30th and will resume services Sunday, December 1, unless we update earlier of course.
Thanks for your patience, and thanks for testing on AppThwack!