Testbirds Webinar with Deutsche Telekom: How professional Testing can improve the world of IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is well under way to become a really big thing: newspapers publish articles about IoT more and more frequently, people talk about their newest IoT product and how they recognize that IoT products enter our daily lives. Testbirds also already talked about the exciting field of IoT within an article on our Testbirds Blog. Last time, we gave a short overview about IoT in general and why it is important to test IoT products properly by using crowdtesting. Today, we want to add some interesting and remarkable numbers and statistics about the Internet of Things:

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Internet of Things – What it is all about and how you can use the power of the crowd to test it

Wouldn’t it be great if your refrigerator could be aware of all the food you need and mail the grocery list to your smartphone while you are on the way to the supermarket? Sounds like science fiction, but this can be a reality in the world of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT). But what exactly do we mean when talking about IoT? Kevin Ashton, a British technology pioneer, coined the term “the Internet of Things” in 1999 to describe a system where the Internet is connected to the physical world via ubiquitous sensors. And the international consultancy McKinsey created a definition saying that the Internet of Things consists of “sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects that are linked through wired and wireless networks, often using the same Internet Protocol that connects the Internet”. What seemed to be a vision of the future in 1999, can now be found in our homes and our daily life, for example in the field of smart home products like smart light bulbs, connected toothbrushes and coffee machines. Furthermore, there are gadgets like virtual reality glasses, headsets, and cameras. In addition, some close friends, or even you yourself, might wear a smartwatch or drive a connected car. These are just a few IoT-products human beings use daily and there are many more entering the market every day.
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How To Test – Setting Up a Crowdtest in 5 Steps

Testing your software, app or IoT product is a crucial step of the development process. All market-ready products need to be tested meticulously to guarantee client and customer satisfaction. So if you agree that testing is an absolute necessity, just keep on reading. What we know is that although the importance of testing is recognised, the following question arises: What is testing all about and how can I manage to run a successful test with Testbirds? Continue reading

The Power of the Crowd in Emergency Services Technology

In an emergency, every second matters. That’s why some Emergency Services Apps draw on citizens for help with providing real-time updates and support in emergencies through their smartphones. Last month, Testbirds invited some of our Crowdtesters to perform a pro-bono BugAbility test for CrowdGuard– an emergency service in Germany that alerts locals and the police when someone nearby needs help.

Marc, Tina and Marta, share their experiences of testing Crowd Guard’s emergency alarm system app as our Guest Bloggers this month.

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The Importance of App Testing: Suitable Apps for M-Commerce

Smartphones and tablets are everywhere. They help us to master lots of different daily tasks and are an essential part of our everyday lives. Whether it’s social media, online banking or just games, there are almost no limits regarding the use of these mobile devices. This also results in respectively new forms of trade and economical perspectives. A phenomenon called m-commerce, which is obviously closely related to the field of e-commerce. Analysts predict that about 77 percent of American customers will do their shopping at least once a year online with their smartphone. A substantial number, which isn’t limited to the US alone. For retailers all over the world it is absolutely fundamental to offer apps and mobile online shops. Additionally, those (web) apps have to be appealing and should satisfy customer needs. In order to run an appealing online shop, that also works on the variety of mobile devices in the market, testing is of essence.
So, the crucial question is: What does app testing have to include to determine whether a m-commerce app is ready to go or not?

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The Fragmentation of Mobile Devices

Today’s mobile landscape is more diverse than ever. In fact, as of 2015, there were over 24,000 Android devices on the market each with varying operating system versions. Similarly, Apple suffers from nearly 20% of users not running the latest iOS version with approximately 70 million devices still running iOS 8. But what does this really mean for companies today?

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Pre-App Store Rating – What, How and Why?

When developing an app it’s often difficult for a developer to truly understand how and what end users want and require to have a great experience. Crowdsourced testing (crowdtesting) is an innovative method of testing that uses a remotely based community of people with varying backgrounds, skill levels and interests to test digital products such as websites, applications, connected devices, etc. Testbirds now offers an innovative solution for app developers looking to take the Android and iOS worlds by storm:

The Pre-App Store Rating Testing Solution

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Crowdtesting – A How-To Guide for testing successfully

Over the last couple of years, crowdtesting has become a more and more popular complimentary method to ensuring a high quality of mobile apps, websites, online shops and Internet of Things applications. This level of popularity is also reflected in Testbirds’ development since 2011 and in our crowd which now consists of more than 150,000 testers in 193 countries worldwide. Over one thousand projects have been done by us so far and every day we see new innovations popping up in the digital world that need to be tested extensively to win consumers’ enthusiasm.

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