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Perfecto Mobile lands $15M to test apps on real phones over the web

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Perfecto Mobile clearly wants to cement its position as the premiere way for developers to easily test mobile apps across a variety of phones. The company announced that morning that it has scored $15 million in a third round of funding led by Globespan Capital Partners.

With the new infusion of cash, the company aims to further accelerate its already rapid growth, after more than doubling its annual revenue over the past few years. In particular, Perfecto is going to create an even more enterprise-focused sales team — doubling down on a shift away from mobile operators, and towards enterprise customers, that it made last year.

“We’ve been tested by many of the leading system integrators around the world and have been selected as their tool of choice,” said Perfecto Mobile chief executive Eran Yaniv in an interview with VentureBeat.

He added that “all the big names” are relying on the company’s solution, including HP, Motorola, Citrix, and around 600 others. Perfecto also announced today that it has landed a strategic partnership with HP to power its mobile testing.

Instead of pushing developers to virtualized mobile environments, Perfecto has server farms full of actual mobile devices waiting to accept commands from the web (see pic below). It sounds crazy, but for developers who want to make sure they’re testing apps with 100 percent accuracy, having actual devices on-hand is a major strength for Perfecto. Using its patented technology, customers can write scripts and easily run them across multiple devices.

In terms of other goals with the funding, Yaniv tells me he also wants to insure that Perfecto is offering a “world class” Software as a Service solution. The company is also looking into broadening its market with additional services, like performance, security, and customer support testing.

Perfecto Mobile was founded in 2006 in Peta Tikva, Israel, and is now headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts.

The company has raised around $32 million in total so far. Other participants in this latest round include existing investors Carmel, Vertex and the Waisbein Fund.