Mobot launches robot-powered QA-as-a-Service testing platform

Today, Mobot publicly launched its QA-as-a-service platform and announced $12.5 million in Series A funding from Cota Capital, with participation from Heavybit, Uncorrelated Ventures and others. .

Mobot’s one-of-a-kind platform uses physical robots to test mobile apps. Companies serving millions of users, including Citizen, Persona, Branch, Mapbox, and Radar, use Mobot to test apps on hundreds of devices, platforms, and operating systems in hours.

“Mobot helped us increase our App Store rating from 4.2 to 4.8 and achieve a 99.9% crash-free rate,” said Swamy Ramaswamy, CTO and COO at Sandboxx. “Our app is responsible for helping military service members send and receive physical letters with their families, so stability is crucial. Mobot is a critical part of our quality assurance workflow and regularly reveals issues. that have not been highlighted by our internal software testing process.”

Mobile users today interact with many physical devices, notifications, integrations, operating systems, and thousands of other points beyond the control of developers. Emulators and other virtual QA environments are unable to test the sheer number of edge cases that lead to performance and functionality failures. The $40 billion software testing market uses low-cost labor to fill gaps, but at high cost and with varying testing accuracy.

Mobot solves this problem with the only QA-as-a-service platform that uses state-of-the-art mechanical robots to automate human-like repetitive function testing in a real environment. This approach eliminates thousands of hours of manual testing, increases testing efficiency exponentially, and captures more bugs in the app before App Store launch than software alone can.

“Software QA limitations mean that too many man hours are spent testing mobile apps to ensure they ship right the first time. Mobot’s non-obvious idea of ​​using physical robots for manual testing is an ingenious solution,” said Adit Singh, Partner at Cota Capital. “Its robot fleet is more reliable and gets the job done with precision and consistency. Mobot helps eliminate tedious manual testing so customers can ship their mobile apps with confidence, every time. »

“Real-world quality testing is essential to building mobile apps people love and to ensuring the success of digital transformation initiatives. Unfortunately, real-world testing is also an expensive and repetitive task that humans don’t like and can be pretty bad,” said Jesse Robbins, partner at Heavybit. “Mobot provides the quality people at every software vendor with a powerful team of helpful bots to perform world-class testing at scale, across devices and ecosystems, in hours.”

Difficult use cases for which Mobot is able to automate testing include:

  • Complex hardware and software interaction, such as cross-device interactions for instant messaging and Bluetooth/WiFi-enabled hardware connections.
  • Streaming data stability, notably push notifications with increasing complexity and dependencies, such as Apple’s new Live Activities feature for iOS 16.
  • Backward compatibility testing, like memory leaks triggered by third-party software on older iOS devices and camera tests on Android versions and manufacturers.
  • Critical Action Stability, such as revenue-generating activities such as in-app purchases, subscription management, Apple/Google Pay and payment API integration; user login, new account creation and multi-factor authentication (including SMS and biometrics); and the behavior of the application in the background or interrupted by a phone call.

Mobot Founder and CEO Eden Full Goh has over a decade of engineering and product experience. Her career began when she left Princeton to build SunSaluter, a low-cost solar panel rotator used in developing countries around the world, with a Thiel Foundation Entrepreneurship Fellowship. Years later, as a product manager for a critical medical device used in hospitals, she was baffled by the number of hours her team spent manually testing the software on mobile devices. She started Mobot to fill what she saw as a huge gap that no one was talking about.

“Software is becoming more and more physical, which means testing in a vacuum is no longer enough. But using humans to perform real-world regression testing is a misuse of their creativity and potential,” said Eden Full Goh, Founder and CEO of Mobot. “Robots perform these tasks faster, more accurately, and can easily manage software fragmentation across devices and ecosystems. We’re building the infrastructure that helps modern businesses adapt to our device-dependent world.

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