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
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
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
If you are working as mobile tester in an Android team or you are an Android developer you know the pain of installing apk files to your test devices and you should have a look at ADB idea, which may solve your pain. Next to installing or uninstalling apk files from test devices, it is somethings necessary to kill your app, start it or even to clear the app data in order to have a fresh version of it. Usually you are using the known adb commands for that and execute them in the console or you open the device settings to clear the app data. However, this is time consuming if you are doing this several times a day.
If you are using Android Studio or Intellij IDEA you can use a very nice plugin called ADB idea to speed up your testing and development time. ADB idea is written by Philippe Breault and can be installed via the IDE plugin section, e.g. Preferences/ Settings -> Plugins -> Browse Repositories or you can download it manually from the JetBrains plugin page and install it via Preferences/ Settings -> Plugins -> Install Plugin from disk. Read more
In the previous posts you have read and hopefully learned something new about Tizen OS, watch OS, Pebble OS, Android Wear and what is important to know when start testing on one (or more) of those mobile platforms. Smartwatches may not be on everyone’s wrists yet, but that time can change very quickly in the next upcoming months and you must be prepared for the new way of interacting with your apps and devices. As you have seen in this series, smartwatches offer a complete new set of interactions, features and challenges for mobile testers and developers. The guys from gizmag did a great job in comparing the different smartwatch platforms from a software and hardware point of view and is a nice summary to the watches I used for this series.
However, the last post in the series is about smartwatch app testing ideas. Before I go into the smartwatch app testing ideas I want to briefly remind you about the 4 key areas of smartwatch app testing.
4 Key Areas of Smartwatch App Testing