TestObject, which offers a cloud-based service for the automated testing of Android apps, has raised funding from Frühphasenfonds Brandenburg, an initiative of the Investitionsbank Brandenburg, and S&S Media’s investment arm, West TechVentures. The amount is being disclosed simply as a ‘seven digit’ investment, though TechCrunch has learned that the size of the round is €1.1m (~$1.46m).
The new capital will be used to help the young, Berlin-based startup to develop and market its technology, which promises to increase the speed and efficiency of testing mobile apps.
Fragmentation in the Android ecosystem is potentially a big headache for developers, with a multitude of devices, OS versions and customisations to contend with. Getting an app to run smoothly across various configurations is both costly and time consuming, requiring many hours of manual testing as part of the QA process — presuming, of course, that you have access to each and every Android device and OS version being targeted.
That’s the problem that TestObject is setting out to solve. Its cloud service enables developers to set up automated testing of their apps, remotely, on a range of supported Android-based smartphones and tablets. They simply upload their app, record a test by interacting with it as a user would, and the system tracks this interaction and uses it as the basis to create a script which automates carrying out the same test across multiple devices hosted in the cloud. After the test, TestObject delivers a detailed report with the results, while the service is billed based on minutes used and on the number of tested devices.
Competitor-wise, Bitbar’s Testdroid seems the closest. There’s also Germany’s testCloud, which takes a slightly different approach to multi-device testing by employing the crowd instead of automation. Similarly, U.S.-based uTest also takes a manual approach with its crowd of 60,000 ‘professional’ testers, as does Bangalore’s 99tests.
TestObject makes sure that your Apps run like a charm. They are a lean startup in Berlin supporting App developers, project managers and testers to automate and ease their QA efforts. They take the load off their shoulders so that they can focus on their App.
testCloud is a provider of crowd sourced software testing. It enables web or mobile application providers to test their software using a network of experienced testers.
uTest provides in-the-wild testing services for web, desktop and mobile applications. By leveraging a community of more than 60,000+ professional software testers from 190 countries, uTest helps companies test their products under real-world conditions. Thousands of companies– from startups to global enterprises such as Google, Microsoft, HBO, Zynga and USA Today – turn to uTest to complement the in-the-lab testing they do, and to help them launch better web and mobile apps. uTest’s services span the entire...
99tests is a Crowdsourced Software Testing Platform with over 3500 Software Testers. Crowd Testing gives Software Product owners to get their applications tested in the real world by testers across the world. Crowd Testing also allows companies to find critical functionality issues before they are reported by customers and also get feedback on features before rolling out to millions of users.Over 50 companies such as Intuit, Flipakart, Practo have used the services of 99tests.