AWS launches Device Farm, API Gateway for app developers

Amazon Web Services has announced AWS Device Farm -- a new service that helps mobile app developers securely test their apps on smartphones, tablets, and other devices to improve the quality of their Android and Fire OS apps.

Developers can upload their apps and run tests simultaneously on all of the most commonly used mobile devices across a continually expanding fleet that includes the latest device/OS combinations.

"As tests complete, developers receive timely reports that identify problems, helping them bring their apps to market faster and with better quality," the company said.

 AWS launches Device Farm, API Gateway for app developers

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There is no setup cost to get started with AWS Device Farm, and developers pay as they go.

Developers upload their Android or Fire OS application and select from a catalog of devices. Then, they can configure AWS Device Farm’s built-in test suite to verify functionality with no scripting required, or they can choose from a range of popular, open-source test frameworks like Appium, Calabash, and Espresso.

“AWS Device Farm gives developers a very simple and cost-effective way to test the real user experience of their apps across multiple device types at scale. And, when used along with other AWS Mobile Services like Amazon Cognito, AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), developers have a full platform that makes it even easier to build, deploy, test, and iterate great mobile apps," Marco Argenti, Vice President, AWS, said.

Additionally, the company also announced Amazon API Gateway -- a new fully managed service that makes it easy for AWS customers to create, publish, maintain, monitor, and secure Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) at any scale.

With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can create an API that acts as a “front door” for applications to access data, business logic, or functionality from their “back-end” services, such as workloads running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), or code running on AWS Lambda. Amazon API Gateway handles all of the tasks associated with accepting and processing billions of daily API calls, including traffic management, authorization and access control, monitoring, and API version management.

Amazon API Gateway has no minimum fees or startup costs, and developers pay only for the API calls they receive and the amount of data transferred out.

“Amazon API Gateway is a win for our joint customers with AWS because it makes it really easy for developers to connect Twilio and AWS to build highly performant and scalable voice applications.”

To help customers protect access to their back-end services, Amazon API Gateway allows customers to use familiar AWS security tools such as AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to verify and authenticate API requests. Amazon API Gateway lets companies run multiple versions of an API simultaneously so that they can develop, deploy, and test new versions of their APIs without impacting existing applications. Once an API is deployed, Amazon API Gateway allows customers to control the number of API requests that hit their back-end systems within a certain time period to protect them from traffic spikes, and helps reduce API latency by caching responses. Amazon API Gateway also monitors the usage and performance of back-end services, providing metrics such as number of API calls, latency, and error rates.

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Updated Date: Jul 10, 2015 16:26:36 IST