SOASTA, a provider of cloud-based performance and functional testing technology, came out with a new release of its CloudTest Platform that provides functional test automation for continuous multi-touch, gesture-based mobile applications.

The foundation of the new release is the company’s TouchTest technology, which provides precision in the capture and playback of all continuous touch gestures including pan, pinch, zoom and scroll on iPhones, iPads, iPods and Android mobile devices.

“The way that users interact with data and apps is rapidly changing,” Tom Lounibos, SOASTA CEO, said in a statement. “Multi-touch, gesture-based applications are adding voice interfaces, and ‘big data’ applications such as logistics, distribution and media will soon have 3D navigation.”

Traditional testing products have used device emulators and optical recognition approaches that are not precise enough to test the new generation of mobile apps, the company says. TouchTest captures the start and end points of each gesture, the journey between, and the speed with which the gesture is performed.

The technology conducts testing from within the mobile app, enabling validations based on variable values and internal app state changes. Distributed mobile devices are accessed via the IP address, allowing mobile devices anywhere to be used in a test.

SOASTA will offer TouchTest as a feature enhancement for use by mobile developers and testers who are using CloudTest and CloudTest Lite, with the first testing device free of charge. SOASTA is also offering two new starter kits, CloudTest iOS Lab and CloudTest Android Lab, designed for mobile app functional testing teams.



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