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Sauce Labs Launches New Service for Testing iOS Apps in the Cloud

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 12 February 2013, 21:26 Hrs
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Bangalore: Sauce Labs Inc, the leading provider of cloud-based web application testing solutions, announced a new service, based on the open source project Appium, for automating the testing of applications for iOS devices -- namely iPhones and iPads. The new service provides a unique cloud-based, automated testing platform for both native iOS apps and mobile web hybrid apps provide the much-needed capabilities to ensure that quality applications are delivered to consumers.

In building Appium on Sauce, the company has contributed to the open source Appium project, based on the Node.js platform. Appium currently features broad support for native and mobile web automation on iOS, and Android support is planned. Sauce Labs believes the Appium open source project is taking the right approach because of the software's compatibility with multiple programming languages and testing frameworks, support for testing strategies that require direct access to backend resources, and the ability to automate unmodified, release-ready apps. The move signals Sauce Labs' support of the burgeoning open source developer community around Appium.

The Appium on Sauce service is available immediately for select Sauce Labs customers, with new users being added by invite only. Full general availability is expected in the coming weeks as the company scales its infrastructure.

Sauce Labs offers a cloud of browsers and platforms for automated and manual testing of web and mobile apps.

"Appium from Sauce Labs is a major advancement in automated testing. What they've provided for native iOS test automation is familiar and straightforward, based on the WebDriver APIs. This makes writing and maintaining iOS tests extremely easy. Appium in the cloud is just in time for growing industry shifts into mobile software offerings. Sauce Labs has delivered strategically and technically; they enable our business to compete with the best in the world by providing the rock-solid, innovative infrastructure we use to ensure excellent quality with lightning fast product development,” said Denali Lumma, Quality Engineering Manager at Okta.

"As the world becomes more mobile and online interactions increasingly move to specialized applications, it's increasingly important that these apps perform and meet consumer demands," says Adam Christian, vice president of development at Sauce Labs. "Testing these apps has been a slow and difficult process, often done manually by teams using physical devices. Automated testing enabled by Appium represents the future, and Appium written in Node.js represents the best course toward ensuring the code continues to evolve as needs change."


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