So while it may be surprising that a GigaOM report citing French technology website 01net mentions that “Android Wear might be going cross-platform with an iOS app, possibly launching at Google’s annual developer conference in May,” really, that openness to try new things has always been there.
Hot on the heels of the recent Introduction to Security Testing and Build the “right” regression suite using Behavior-Driven Testing (BDT) webinars, uTest University is offering a chance for testers to get familiar with Android testing. The webinar is taught by Iwona Pekala, a Gold-rated uTester and frequent contributor to the uTest Forums.
In this webinar, participants will learn how to:
- Prepare your mobile device and PC for testing
- Install applications
- Record videos and take screenshots
- Collect logs
- Get information about the types of crashes
According to Apple, developers will be able to “organize testers into groups to quickly send builds, provide separate instructions on where to focus, and apply an action to several testers at once in TestFlight.” In short, if a group of testers is focused more on, let’s say, minor GUI issues, while another group is focused on deeper-rooted problems, devs can split the beta testers and communicate totally different instructions.
This news comes on the heels of Apple closing its legacy TestFlightApp.com app beta testing site for good on February 26.
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According to the TestFlight website:
The services offered at TestFlightApp.com will no longer be available after February 26, 2015. To prepare for the TestFlightapp.com closure, developers and team leaders are recommended to transfer their testers to the all-new TestFlight Beta Testing in iTunes Connect.
It’s been a while since we last updated the testing and development world on the most popular devices amongst our community of 150,000+ testers. But we thought — what better time than the holidays to get your favorite tester a gift?
Testers within our community often want to know on which devices they should be testing. Concurrently, developers also want to know where their babies should be given the most love. Based on customer and tester data from our platform, here are the 10 most popular mobile devices on which Applause customers’ apps were tested in the past 90 days:
If you’re an Android user with a recent phone, chances are you’ve already played around with some of the cool features of Android 5.0, officially dubbed ‘Lollipop.’ If not, don’t worry, Galaxy S5 and other phone users, your time will be coming soon.
But as a tester or developer, there’s not much out there on what those changes mean for you, so we’ve compiled some new resources from uTest University and our friends at ARC not only about the fancy, shiny new things available with the new version of Android, but specifically what testers and devs need to know:
- What Software Testers Need to Know About Android Lollipop
- The Features of Android 5.0 Lollipop
- The App Developer’s Guide to Android Lollipop (e-book, requires registration)
While you’re checking out what testers need to know about Lollipop at uTest University, be sure to also check out all of the Android testing courses available as well.
Testing on a smartphone or tablet is a common occurrence as more and more developers produce mobile apps. Mobile testing is seemingly ubiquitous these days. That being said, there are always new ways to sharpen your skill set when it comes to mobile testing.
Whether you are new to software testing or are a veteran tester, the mobile testing course track in uTest University has something for everyone.
What are the differences between iOS and Android testing?
This course reviews the main characteristics of iOS and Android, and outlines the impact of those differences to testing. You can also learn tips and hints for testers, such as how to install an app, how to capture screen shots and video, and how to access log files.
We’re looking to you not only as testers, but as app users, to vote for your favorite apps from a list of 200 finalists across 10 categories (and across both iOS and Android). We have a panel of expert judges who will be poring over your selections and making their decisions. Here’s the timeline of the awards:
- Public voting: Nov 12 – Dec 14 – Vote for your favorite apps – vote for just one, or vote for 20 (one per category per OS) from our pool of 200 finalists. This is a big part of what our panel of expert judges will consider.
- Judging – Our panel includes accomplished mobile engineers, journalists, CEOs and others who understand apps inside and out. Oh, and that means testers, too. You may recognize long-time uTesters Lena Houser, Allyson Burk and Michael Larsen who are also on our esteemed panel! The judges will look at YOUR votes – as well as the analytics used by our in-house team of data scientists to help decide the 200 finalists – in order to choose the winners across 10 categories and the overall grand prize winner for each operating system.
- Winners: Announced January 14, 2015 – The winner for each category + OS will be announced, as will the grand-prize, overall winners for iOS and Android.
Let your voice ring loud and clear. Be sure to vote today for your favorite apps in the Ovation Awards!
Daniel Knott has been in software development and testing since 2008, working for companies including IBM, Accenture, XING and AOE. He is currently a Software Test Manager at AOE GmbH in Germany where he is responsible for test management and automation in mobile and Web projects. He is also a frequent speaker at various Agile conferences and now a published author. You can find him over at his blog or on Twitter @dnlkntt.
In this uTest interview, Daniel explains the biggest mobile testing pain points that come up in his user groups, and gives us a preview of recently released book, Hands-On Mobile App Testing. At the conclusion of the interview, you’ll also receive a link to an exclusive discount for the purchase of the book.
uTest: You’ve been involved in software testing in general, but what specifically drew you into mobile testing?
Daniel Knott: Back in 2011 when I was working at XING AG in Hamburg as a software tester for web applications, I had the chance to switch to the XING mobile team to establish the QA processes. Working on this team was a great experience. I had the chance to build up a test automation framework for Android and iOS from scratch and establish a mobile testing process. I was also free to try several things out to find the right tools and workflow for my company and the development environment. This time and experience was just awesome and convinced me to focus on the mobile world.
Be sure to check out Part I of Daniel Knott’s article on effective mobile bug reports for further context before continuing on.
Here’s the rest of the information you should plan on including in every bug report.
Network Condition and Environment
When filing a mobile bug, it’s important to provide some information about the network condition and the environment in which the bug occurred. This will help to identify the problem more easily and will possibly show some side effects no one has thought of.
- Bad: “No information” or “Happened on my way to work”
- Good: “I was connected to a 3G network while I was walking through the city center.”
If your app supports several languages, provide this information in your bug report.
- Bad: “No information”
- Good: “I was using the German language version of the app.”