Xamarin Test Cloud brings cross-platform automated UI testing to mobile developers worldwide
April 17, 2013 —
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Xamarin, the company that empowers more than 300,000 developers to build fully native mobile apps for iOS and Android, today announced Xamarin Test Cloud, an automated user interface testing service that enables mobile developers to easily test their apps on hundreds of mobile devices. Xamarin Test Cloud was announced at Xamarin Evolve 2013, the company's first worldwide developer conference, attended by more than 600 mobile developers and industry leaders.
A highly competitive app marketplace and the consumerization of IT have put tremendous pressure on developers to deliver high quality mobile user experiences for both consumers and employees. A small bug or crash can lead to permanent app abandonment or poor reviews. Device fragmentation, with hundreds of devices on the market for iOS and Android alone, multiplies testing efforts resulting in a time-consuming and costly development process. This is further complicated by faster release cycles for mobile, necessitating more stringent and efficient regression testing.
With Xamarin Test Cloud, developers can finally overcome device fragmentation by testing their apps automatically on hundreds of real, non-jailbroken mobile devices. The service simulates real user interactions by testing apps through the UI directly. Now developers can deliver high-quality apps on multiple device platforms much more quickly, reliably and cost-effectively than with traditional manual testing methods. Xamarin Test Cloud will be available to developers building apps in Objective-C, Java and other frameworks, as well as tightly integrated into Xamarin's development platform.
"At every step of the way, our mission is to make building mobile apps fast, easy and fun for developers. Mobile testing is a natural extension for Xamarin," said Nat Friedman, CEO and co-founder, Xamarin. "This is by far the biggest pain point for our entire developer community. We're excited to solve this problem for all mobile developers."
Xamarin Test Cloud is based on Calabash, the most widely used cross-platform mobile test automation framework. Included in today's announcement is Xamarin's acquisition of LessPainful, the company that created Calabash. Some of LessPainful's current customers include the BBC, Axel Springer and eBay company Marktplaats.nl.