Earlier this month, Israeli company uTest launched their express QA (Quality Assurance) service – uTest Express. The new service provides 5 testers for a period of 48 hours that can check smartphone applications on their destination platforms and prepare a full report of bugs identified. The service is mainly targeted at early stage start-ups that develop apps for smartphones.
The two main players in the smartphone market are iPhone and Android-based devices. In order to upload an app to Apple’s appstore, the app goes through various stages of thorough checks by Apple. Doron Reuveni, CEO and Co-Founder of uTest explains that “the service is intended for companies that want to do a round of tests before they release an app to the market. Apple is very strict with their tests and uTest Express enables a smoother transition to the appstore.” Android-based applications, on the other hand, do not require certification, often leading to errors and security flaws that many startups are unaware of. “For who want their app to get a higher rating and sell well, testing it professionally is worthwhile” adds Reuveni.
The service could suit companies that do not have a QA department. uTest passes along the app to testers around the world, depending on the desired service geographical area. After 48 hours a full “bug report” is sent back to the client including that includes professional opinion about the product, user interface and experience and the app’s performance on the smartphone. The service is available for all the iOS systems (iPhone), Android, Blackberry, Windows and Symbian. The price for a 5-tester team is 499$, 10 testers for 999$ or 1999$ for the standard uTest service that allows a customized number of testers and tests.