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Many of you have used the Mobile Quality Assurance (MQA) service on Bluemix for tracking and improving the quality of mobile apps throughout the app lifecyle. Mobile Quality Assurance is developed in an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) relationship with Applause, Inc. Applause is a leader in providing a wide variety of testing services and is better equipped to continue innovating on capabilities like Mobile Beta Management, In-app Bug/Feedback reporting and Sentiment Analysis.
As a result, we are retiring the Mobile Quality Assurance service on January 31, 2017. Existing users are recommended to move onto the Applause platform by the End of Support date to continue using MQA equivalent features on the Applause platform.
What you need to know
- End of Marketing: As of March 1, 2017, the service tile will be removed from the Bluemix Public catalog and you will no longer be able to provision new Mobile Quality Assurance instances. However, existing instances will continue to be supported.
- End of Support: For a period of 12 months after the service retirement date — through Jan 31, 2018 for Bluemix Public — all existing instances will continue to be available to users through their Bluemix dashboard, and will continue to be supported. Any instance still provisioned as of the End of Support date will be deleted. Users are therefore asked to un-provision their Mobile Quality Assurance service instance(s) prior to the End of Support date.
Current MQA users are encouraged to look at the following options
IBM Mobile Analytics: Mobile Analytics can be used to gain insight on how an app is performing and how its being used. This service can also be used for application crash analytics. Visit the following blog to learn more.
The Applause Platform: As the OEM vendor of the underlying technology Applause has its own set of services for Mobile Beta Management and Sentiment Analysis. Visit the following links to learn more.