UTest Brings Crowdsourced QA Testing to Early Stage Web Startups (We Have Discount Codes Too)

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more controlled market for uTest to study how its Express service worked out with customers, Johnston says. “Mobile apps tend to be tightly contained; a Web app can be vast,” he says. “We wanted to learn a little bit more about the market” before rolling out the Web testing service.

UTest Express can provide testing for things like extensions to existing software, Facebook games, Twitter plug-ins, and even standalone websites. The company also found there’s a very healthy market for Web-based apps, and that mobile doesn’t dominate just yet, Johnston says. “Mobile gets so much attention, it’s white hot,” he says. “It’s really interesting to see that Web is an order of magnitude larger as a market. As marketers we all drink the Kool Aid, but [mobile is] not necessarily the biggest deal when it comes to the present.”

UTest, which last September raised a $13 million Series C round led by Scale Venture Partners, ultimately plans to add a service for testing desktop software apps as well, to round out the company’s offerings, Johnston says. Its big focus now is functionality testing, but uTest is also looking into expanding into usability and load testing, Johnston says.

If you’re a Web or Mobile app developer interested in test-driving uTest Express, uTest is offering a limited-time exclusive offer for Xconomy readers of $1 per Bronze level test cycle (normally $499). Visit here and type in the promo code “Xconomy” (not case sensitive) at checkout. The offer caps out at 50 test cycles, and is good through June 30 for new uTest customers on a first come, first serve basis.

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