One of the things that a lot of developers realize today is that testing Android applications in the current fragmented landscape is an immense challenge. A lot of the things from the cost of buying relevant devices to a lot of the aspects involved in terms of updates and versions take up a lot of investment from the developer's perspective.
Access to real physical devices is quite important many a times for smooth collaboration during a development cycle. Also, many of the developers know that emulators are just not enough and neither is limited testing on one or two real devices.
That's the exact problem pCloudy, a Bangalore-based startup, is trying to solve for a lot of developers across the world. The smart device segment is heavily fragmented with over 9+ different versions, 8+ display resolutions, 10+ physical size, 5+ aspect ratios. To build a 5 star rating developers need to ensure his app and mobile websites works on all the above fragmented set of devices.
"This was the insight that lead us to design and develop our solution. We aim to provide the simplest cloud testing solution for application and web developers to build better apps and Web," said Anil Adireddi, co-founder of pCloudy.
pCloudy is all about helping app and Web developers make better apps and mobile Web sites. In today's world app development for smart devices is increasingly democratized. Worldwide there are powerful ideas being implemented and Anil and his team want to provide a platform to ensure those ideas have the best quality. They aim to help bring down cost and testing effort to a very affordable level.
According to Anil, devices from pCloudy can be accessed using just a browser, no ports to be enabled no software to be install at users end. No proprietary scripting language for automation, they use open source and widely popular Android automation language called Robotium.
pCloudy provides instant access to wide variety of real physical devices using a Web interface from any modern browser.
It certainly looks like a relief for most of the Android Application and Mobile Web Developers, Testers, Test Managers, UI designers, Product and Project Managers, most certainly, pCloudy is a valuable collaboration tool for quality app and web development. The entire development cycle can benefit from having access to top selling Android devices at just a click of a button.
They are currently in beta and just started building our initial set of quality loyal users. They plan to reach out to developers, testers and entrepreneurs at various conferences, forums and social media in the coming months.
One of the key features of this product is that it provides a real time access to physical android devices using just a browser. Developers and testers alike can debug, test and deploy across multiple devices. They can also check behavior and usability across different variants of phones and tablets. It provides live performance metrics, debug logs, dropbox like storage facility and many other developer needs.
In additon to that they also provide Test Automation and automatic Test Creation in beta as solutions for effortless test coverage and identification. Using a popular scripting language test scripts can be generated locally and run on multiple devices on their cloud using just a browser. Test Creator provides in-depth test identification for apps. A whole suite of test cases are automatically identified which the developers or testers can prune if necessary. All tests that are generated can be run across multiple devices on our cloud.
Their future plans are to provide complete productivity solution for mobile application and Web site developers.
"We believe many of the mobile software development steps can be simplified and automated and thereby guarantee rigorous quality right through the design and development cycles," added Anil.
This is going to be an issue for a lot of developers and as the fragmented landscape seems to be a pertinent challenge among the developer ecosystem. How they scale and improvise is something we need to see yet. What is your opinion on this?