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30 days of mobile testing - Adventures in QA

30 Days of Mobile Testing

This time I changed sides and created the 30 days of mobile testing challenge in cooperation with Ministry of Testing. The last software testing challenge created by Ministry of Testing was a huge success and many software testers from around the world participated. It was great seeing the progress of so many people and I really learned a lot during this time. If you want to check my 30 days of testing challenge, take a look here. Since the last challenge was about general software testing, Ministry of Testing asked me, to create a dedicated challenge just for mobile testing. Over the weekend I shaped the challenges and I hope you like them. I am really looking forward to see your results on all the different social channels. Feel free to share your progress also as a comment to this blog. The challenge will start in October, but don’t hesitate to start it today :).

At the end of the 30 days of mobile testing challenge I will pick the best challenge/ progress and I will send the winner a signed copy of my book Hands-On Mobile App Testing.

And here are the tasks/ challenges. Click the image to get all the details on the Ministry of Testing page. Read more

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Efficient Test Coverage for Mobile Apps – Brian Hamilton

At the start of my testing career ten years ago, I chose to tackle the challenge of mobile device test coverage. At the time, I tested multiple apps that had been developed for BlackBerry devices. Each carrier in North America had their own set of BlackBerry devices with their own unique version of the BlackBerry OS. It was important to verify that the app functioned properly on both GSM and CDMA carriers, so testing one hardware/OS combination on one network would not be enough as there were multiple screen sizes, not to mention multiple versions of the OS on the same hardware. The combinations were endless and it was quickly realized that, without a QA team of a hundred people and an endless and varied supply of hardware, we were going to have to make some tough decisions about where to focus our testing.

Today, this problem is even more evident. With literally thousands of hardware/OS combinations of Android devices, it’s just not feasible to test each of them and expect to release a product in a timely fashion.

7 Considerations To Achieve The Best Test Coverage

Let’s assume you are developing a mobile app for Android and iOS. Where do you start when it comes to identifying the hardware/OS combinations to focus on? I have identified seven things to think about when working to maximize your test resources. Read more

Webinar Follow-up: New Testing Battlefields

The new testing battlefields: Mobile, IoT and beyond sounds like a nice movie but was a webinar I participated as a guest speaker with three other mobile testing experts on June 15th hosted by Progress and Telerik. If you missed the webinar, don’t worry this is a follow up post with my highlights of the webinar including the slides and the live recording of the event.

In this webinar I had the chance to talk about mobile, IoT and beyond with Jim Holmes who was our host during the webinar keeping the discussion going. Jim is currently working as software tester in the automotive industry. Next to Jim, Richard Bradshaw was another guest speaker. Richard is a well known testing trainer and consultant. He is the creator of whiteboard testing on YouTube and is one of the main organizer of the upcoming TestBash Manchester. Last but not least Iliyan Panchev was the fourth speaker. Iliyan is a former tester and currently working as a program manager for Test Studio at Progress. Read more

How to Build Your Own Android Device Cloud - Adventures in QA

How to Build Your Own Android Device Cloud

In this post I will describe how to build your own Android device cloud in the office. You may think this is expensive and will take lots of time and work, but I promise it isn’t. After installing the device cloud you are able to control the real Android devices from your web browser no matter how far you are away from the real device. For all iOS testers and developers out there, I must say sorry, this post is only handling Android devices until know the tool I will use is not supporting iOS. Before I get started with the installation and setup I list shortly the hardware and software I used to setup the whole system.

Hardware and Software

Lets start with the software that is managing the Android devices. The software is called openstf, where STF stands for Smartphone Test Farm. The software is open source and is maintained by Simo Kinnunen and Günther Brunner. STF offers a plethora of really cool features like Read more

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Win a Copy of Hands-On Mobile App Testing

Time flies, my book Hands-On Mobile App Testing was published in the printed edition one year ago. Since then so many people wrote me via mail, twitter, facebook, XING or LinkedIn that they like the book and that they found it really useful. This kind of feedback feels really good and makes me happy.

In June last year I posted the following picture on twitter after I received a huge box of books :). Read more