At the Paris Founders Event*, held at Google France in Paris in late July, MobileReady launched its mobile app testing platform, which enables fast, efficient testing of applications on a range of devices.
Now that the success of mobile apps is largely dependent on comments and scores which users post on the platforms from which they download them, testing these applications has become an acute problem for the developers. An app often has to be developed for a range of devices – different screen sizes, different brands, different versions of operating systems etc. – so as to reach the largest possible number of people. Testing that all the app functionality works as it has been designed and programmed to do has become a real headache as developers have to choose between automation, crowdtesting, and test simulators – aka ‘emulators’. With this in mind, the MobileReady founders have developed an automated service on a range of real mobile devices.
Simplifying and automating the test phase
Based in Rennes in north-west France, MobileReady was set up in April this year by Patrick Demellier, Eric Bustarret and Bruno Sizun. They developed a programme to generate tests simultaneously on a hundred or so mobile devices linked up to a server. MobileReady is now able to provide results on an app’s performance in 5 to 10 minutes. “All you have to do is go on to our website, choose the devices you want to test on – type of device, operating system version, etc., plus quantity – and launch a session. The tests will run remotely from our servers, to which the mobile devices are connected,” explains Eric Bustarret. The platform simulates user behaviour and provides screen shots to show what is happening on each command. If the app does not work as it is supposed to, the developer will be able to spot exactly which line of code is responsible for the error.
Business model still in the making
There appears to be significant demand for app testing solutions, which also means that there is a lot of competition around in this field. Comparing the MobileReady process with crowdtesting, Eric Bustarret highlights the confidential aspect, which is often very important to brands when they are about to launch an app, and also the speed and ease of the process. He points out that the MobileReady service could actually be used upstream of crowdtesting, given that his price is very competitive. “We charge between €79 and €249 a month,” which is far lower than the usual fee for this type of service. Following the launch phase, the entrepreneurs are already planning new paths to growth. First they intend to expand the pool of devices used for testing, which at the moment comprises smartphones and tablets, to Android glasses and other wearables. And next year they are hoping to extend their offering to other iOS devices and web browsers.