Xamarin Test Cloud Launches for Mobile Developers to Test Apps

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-09-24 Print this article Print
Mobile app dev

The Xamarin Test Cloud enables developers to automate apps in either C# or Ruby, using Calabash, a widely used cross-platform test automation framework, created by Xamarin. Xamarin provides both the automation framework and the device cloud, which means integration and continuous improvements in response to customer needs. Automate any user gesture, including taps, swipes, rotation, pan and pinch, as well as custom programmatic gestures.

Xamarin Test Cloud also collects performance data—memory usage, CPU time, test duration and more—and displays it graphically. It pinpoints bottlenecks and compares performance reports against previous test runs to find regressions in applications.

"Xamarin Test Cloud is our path to a low maintenance, high quality and regression-free future," said Sean Beausoleil, mailbox engineering lead at Dropbox, in a statement. "Not only is the product strikingly effective, but the team has been amazing—with their help we've seen immediate value from our investment."

"As a QA Engineer, I am really enjoying the Xamarin Test Cloud because it offers me a broad range of Android and iOS devices. It gives me the ability to have more test coverage and to discover issues sooner," said Derrick Lam, QA engineer at Flipboard, in a statement. "And what's particularly helpful is that Xamarin offers exceptional service and support that I can depend on every day."

Solving the mobile quality problem in a fragmented consumer device and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) enterprise world is driving growth in the testing industry. IDC forecasts that mobile applications will drive the worldwide testing services market to reach $37 billion by 2018. To capitalize on this opportunity, Xamarin Test Cloud is targeted at all mobile developers, not just those using Xamarin to build apps. The solution tests any native or hybrid iOS or Android app written in any language.

Xamarin's launch of its test cloud comes a month after the company secured $54 million in Series C funding led by new and existing investors, including Charles River Ventures, Floodgate, Ignition Partners, Insight Venture Partners and Lead Edge Capital. The company has now raised a total of $82 million in three rounds of funding. Xamarin said it will use the new funding to expand its mobile app development platform and cloud services to solve problems for all mobile developers throughout the app life cycle, and to expand sales and marketing teams globally.



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