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Amazon Intros Cloud Testing Of Apps Via AWS Device Farm

July 9, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

Amazon has its hand in plenty of different businesses, and now its adding cloud-based app testing to the mix with their recently announced AWS Device Farm, which Amazon states will be available starting July 13th. The idea behind the AWS Device Farm should be fairly straight forward, to help developers of all sizes test their Android and Fire OS apps remotely on any number of devices (tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices) to help them produce stronger and better quality apps. Amazon promises quick and secure testing experiences, which should definitely help to entice developers, but it might be the pricing which tends to win over anybody who may be considering this for their testing needs.

Compared to other companies which offer a similar type of service, Amazon’s AWS Device Farm seems to be competitively priced and well within the range of anyone who doesn’t exactly have a big budget to spend on this particular area of the development process. Amazon does offer an unlimited option which basically lets developers pay a monthly fee of $250 per device to get unlimited device-minute testing of their apps, but they also allow developers a pricing option which lets them pay only for what they use, setting the fee at a rate of $0.17 per device-minute of testing. This makes it entirely possible for anyone with a very small budget with little wiggle room to find something that works within their available spending.

Better yet, Amazon states that there is no setup cost to begin using the AWS Device Farm and that developers will simply “pay as they go” during the process. This makes it all the more relevant for anyone looking to do remote app testing. Once developers upload their app to the AWS Device Farm, they can choose from a wide selection of current devices across multiple platforms, have those devices test their apps for the designated amount of minutes and then quickly receive results which help to uncover bugs and performance issues which could be plaguing their applications. There are a number of different tests which can be ran, and when you add that to the varied collection of devices available to test on as well as the straightforward, competitive pricing model, the AWS Device Farm should start to look like a more enticing option.