Amazon Web Services buying AppThwack amid Device Farm debut

AppThwack already hit the ground running being that it forms the backbone of a new program from the cloud giant, which debuted on Monday.


Amazon Web Services is getting even bigger with the newly revealed acquisition of AppThwack.

Founded in 2012, the Portland, Ore.-based startup specializes in building and providing automation tools and services for the development of iOS, Android and web apps.

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The AppThwack team confirmed the deal on its website on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

AppThwack will cease to operate as a standalone product and will be shutting down and unavailable after September 1.

However, AppThwack has already hit the ground running at AWS being that it forms the backbone of a new program from the cloud giant, which debuted on Monday.

Dubbed AWS Device Farm, the service is designed to help developers test Android and Fire OS app quality against more than 200 mobile device models and operating systems in the AWS Cloud.

AWS evangelist Jeff Barr explained further in a blog post about just how fragmented (and frustrating) these scenarios can be for app developers:

The wide variety of carriers, manufacturers, models, operating systems (including versions, patches, and proprietary extensions), screen sizes, input devices, connectivity options, device settings, and permission settings combine to create a test matrix that is seemingly infinite in size. Let's toss in the device location and the selected locale, just for fun. Add to this the rapid (sometimes daily) release cycles for popular apps and testing becomes an expensive, complex, and frustrating exercise. As a result, many app developers either forgo comprehensive testing or limit their market to a modest subset of the available devices.

The AWS Device Farm is already live and available for developers to start testing immediately.

Pricing is broken down by units of device minutes with 250 minutes up for grabs through a free trial. After the trial period is up, users pay 17 cents per device minute.

There is also an unlimited plan for testing on any supported Android or FireOS device at flat monthly fee of $250.

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