uTest, a provider of software testing services, has acquired mobile app tools company Apphance, from its parent company, Polidea. The terms of the deal were not revealed, but a uTest spokesman said the purchase price was around “a few million dollars.’’
uTest, which has its headquarters in Southborough, acquired all intellectual property related to Apphance as well as engineering talent that will maintain, extend and build new functionality into what will go to market as uTest Apphance, a tool that will complement uTest’s “in-the-wild’’ field testing services for mobile apps. In return, Polidea receives cash and equity in uTest. This is the first acquisition activity for either firm.
“This acquisition is a giant step forward in the growth of uTest,’’ said Doron Reuveni, chief executive of uTest. “By adding Apphance to our in-the-wild testing services, we’ve dramatically increased our value to customers and extended our position as an all-in-one testing solution for mobile developers around the world.’’
Thousands of brands – including Google, USA Today, Amazon, Virgin, Sony, Box and Trulia – use uTest to test their web and mobile apps. With more than 60,000 professional testers in 190 countries, uTest enables companies to test their apps under real-world conditions across operating systems, browsers, carriers, devices, locations and other criteria. The combination of uTest and Apphance will make it simple to distribute new versions of apps to this community of professional testers, enabling mobile developers to see how their apps work on actual mobile devices across carriers and locations, uTest said in a release.