5 Best Practices in Test Automation

Testing to find defects and bugs can be a time consuming, expensive and repetitive task. However, testing is crucial to the success of your digital product as if your software doesn’t work properly, there’s a high change people won’t use it. There are plenty of tools available to help make testing more manageable. One such is automation, which can be extremely beneficial when utilised correctly. It helps streamline the entire process while reducing costs and shortening your development cycles. Additionally, it will help in avoiding tedious, repetitive tasks. However, using it incorrectly or during the wrong stage of development or, in some cases, for a product that is not well suited for automation, can make it a burden rather than a benefit. For this reason, it’s extremely important to understand how and when to use test automation in the best possible manner.

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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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The Nest Landing Page Tests – Development Insights

In our final instalment of The Nest Landing Page Tests series we come full circle and look at the changes the Testbirds Development team implemented using the insights our testers shared.

(From here forth the Development team shall be referred to as the Dev team)

Clients want their app, website or product tested for a multitude of reasons, from gaining an outside perspective of their app’s colour scheme to evaluation of their website’s transaction processes. After a redesign of the Nest landing page, it was ready to be launched. The Dev team wanted to make sure that nothing was missed internally, and the best way to see if something works is to put it in the hands of the end user. Which we did.

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Testing with Testbirds: From Fantasy Football Tips to Fantasy Football Superstar

Oscar Wilde once said, “A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world”. Many entrepreneurs will have a vision that there is something missing, something which needs correcting or something that no one else has ever noticed. Equally, we all think there is a big pot of gold at the end of this rainbow just waiting to be uncovered. It’s a journey we are willing to take as we love adventure. But often below this mask of self-belief and enthusiastic confidence, the journey will be a lonely one. As Oscar said we are guided by moonlight and during these moonlight hours everyone is normally asleep.

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Testbirds redefines mobile testing!

From February 27th to March 2nd, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we will be launching a newly developed testing solution: The Global Real Device Network (GRDN)! This new testing solution allows companies to test their applications and software on all Android smartphones and tablets in the market, all through our Nest.

In line with last year’s release of Testing 4.0, in which we combined the strengths of crowdsourced and cloud-based software testing, we now introduce the GRDN. It leverages the smart devices in our crowd of 200,000 testers in 193 countries to create unique remote testing possibilities. By connecting their Android-smartphones and tablets, crowdtesters grant access to clients looking to test apps, websites and other software on real-world mobile devices – all while maintaining a high level of data privacy and security. Once connected, the device can be remotely operated for both manual and automated testing purposes.

Global Real Device Network
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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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A (very) Brief History of Software Testing

Testing has been around longer than you would think and by extension software testing isn’t a relatively new concept either. Before markets became more intricately connected and their customers more diverse, businesses didn’t bother ensuring their products were of a high standard or fully fulfilled their purposes. Governments didn’t enforce standards in quality which meant that that many businesses cut corners.

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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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