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Mobile Testing of Location-Powered Android Apps

Mobile Testing Background Have you ever been in a situation where you’re trying to hail a car service or find a nearby coffee shop and your phone location has you a few blocks away, and the circle covers a two miles radius? Understandably, it drives users nuts! This is why it's important to have mobile testing for your location-based app.   Figure 1: Location accuracy could impact where your driver would pick you up. Many

A Winning Recipe for Open Source Test Automation Frameworks

There’s no doubt that the bulk of software delivery today relies on test automation through open-source test frameworks. In a recent blog post, we highlighted some of the main differences around the leading frameworks such as Appium, Selenium, Calabash, Espresso and XCTest UI. As a quick summary, the key points that were identified as critical for success in adopting an open-source is to have these 3 robust ingredients supporting that framework: 24x7 available and elastic

Performance Testing in the Age of Agile and Digital Transformation

Performance Testing Has Evolved Performance testing does not resemble what it used to be, say, five years ago. When you examine the tools provided and their capabilities, they tell a story. Careful examination and tuning of the scalability, potential break points, and efficiency of backend services was the main objective. What changed? Here are a few pointers to get started: Digital transformation: The pivotal role played by mobile apps and web sites in the core

Top Challenges Your Mobile App Testing Will Face with Android O Release

Google has announced the availability of the initial developer preview release for its upcoming new major OS release – Android O (rumored to be named “Oreo”). While this is only a developer preview and some of the included features in it can change or be pulled out in the future, this should be a perfect time to assess the implications from a Dev perspective that such a release might have on your existing app quality,

3 Steps to Debug and Test Your iOS App in the Cloud

With less than 2 months until WWDC, there’s been no shortage of iOS platform changes since last year. We’ve seen 6 iOS updates since September, iPhone 4.x support retirement, and iOS 10 render tests written in frameworks like Appium unusable until months after release. Though the stability of the iOS development landscape has improved in the last year, Apple continues to change what it means to develop rich mobile experiences quickly and reliably. Without nimble

Quality Testing: Challenges Insurance Companies Face in the Battle to Become Digital

  Insurance companies are making their way into the digital space after a slow uptake compared to fintech and retail verticals who have responded to the rapid digital disruption. There’s no denying that QA, test and dev teams in this industry face many hurdles in terms of rolling out quality mobile and web apps, and providing optimal UX across the many complex digital touch points associated with insurance transactions. The big question now is how

Why You Should Think About Reporting Test Driven Development (RTDD)

Drive Faster Quality Analysis Through Tags and Customized Test Code Quality visibility is all about logic. It should be fast, easy and mostly effective – if the dashboard or report that you’re using gives you the right ‘hint’ of what is the next move – then you’re all set. When it comes to gaining fast and efficient quality analysis, these are usually the pains we hear:  Test executions - length as well as context-driven test

  • Espresso test automation framework

Using Espresso for Fast and Reliable Feedback

Last week, we hosted a webinar on Espresso, the UI testing framework for Android native apps. As an introductory, it was great to see a mix of experiences and skill sets in the audience We chose this topic because we see many customers interested in using Espresso, migrating from other frameworks, and combining testing technologies to include more testing in every build cycle. Questions: Daniel: “What's your opinion about using UIAutomator with Espresso? It's a

Check Out the Latest in Web and Mobile Development Tools

Last week we introduced new web and mobile development tools that improve velocity within your SDLC, giving you more time to develop (and spend less time fixing bugs). "Just Let Me Code" was our battle cry as we debuted the tools at DeveloperWeek 2017 in San Francisco. Check out a demo of the latest and greatest - DevTunnel - to see how you can debug, validate and troubleshoot your web and mobile apps with real

Perfecto Boosts Team Collaboration with Digital Zoom™ Reporting Slack Integration

Communicating quality for your digital products across the organization is becoming a MUST. Having the ability to take data-driven decisions in real-time enables organizations to move faster and assure their customer digital experience. As activities are growing and teams become hybrid (as part of the move to agile workflows), it is hard to keep everyone on the same page. In most cases, team communications are increasingly noisy and overwhelmed by the large amount of data that

The Path to Agile Testing Through Sprint Planning

One of the key pillars of Agile is to drive effective interactions between the right individuals. We want to structure teams that are able to deliver value in a complex environment. Since we believe face-to-face interaction amongst co-located individuals is the best medium of communication, we strive to create co-located teams in which all participants are delivering value, especially for our tough features/initiatives, if not all of our work.   We believe in focusing development

Mobile Testing Coverage Calendar – New for 2017

We're one month out from the big MWC event in Barcelona, so it's a good time to re-validate whether your mobile testing lab is ready for this exciting year. 2017 is definitely going to be a remarkable year with regards to mobile innovation, and using a calendar as a team planning tool that takes this innovation into consideration, to continuously validate and fine-tune existing device/browser labs can reduce misalignments between business requirements and quality goals. Most

Digging into Device Fragmentation at AnDevCon

At AnDevCon in San Francisco last month, we asked other experts a simple question: “How is platform and device fragmentation in the Android ecosystem a challenge?” We had a chance to sit and talk with Alex Austin, CEO of Branch.io, to hear how he sees the importance of addressing device fragmentation and variety for web and native apps viewed on mobile devices.   The Mobile Space is Nuts I mean pants on fire, bowl of

Shifting Mobile App Quality into the Dev Build Cycles

There’s no doubt that quality is becoming a joint team responsibility, and with that in mind it is not enough for traditional QA engineers to develop and execute test automation post a successful build. Expectations around mobile application development teams are growing; they are on the hook to produce quality code. To do this, devs must try to include as many tests as they can in their build cycles for each code commit. Tests can

Adaptability Through Early Validation

Software teams aspire to work fast, adapt to their market’s needs, and to have a sense of pride in their work. Defects can crush those aspirations, which means they need to be addressed as early as possible. Testing as part of every build improves quality and velocity by reducing re-work through fast feedback on code changes, but there’s far more to it than automated testing. "Quality is more important than quantity, and in the end,

A Week of App Testing Day 4: Mobile Device Coverage

As a part of our weeklong series on “Getting Started with Mobile App Testing” today we look at Mobile Device Coverage. This is a topic we love here at Perfecto. Testing on a single device doesn’t mean that your app will work an all devices. And testing on every device in the world is simply un-doable. We’ll help you understand how to reach an adequate level of coverage to ensure app compatibility on devices actually

A Week of App Testing Day 3: Mobile Test Automation that Works

As a part of our weeklong series on “Getting Started with Mobile App Testing” today we look at mobile test automation, and specifically, automation that works. And that’s an important differentiator. When apps fail, close to 50% of developers site a lack of reliable automation as the primary reason (read the report). The pace of modern mobile development coupled with the variety of tests required to ensure delivery of a quality product have driven development

A Week of App Testing Day 2: Why Mobile Testing Matters

As a part of our weeklong series on “Getting Started with Mobile App Testing” today we look at why mobile app testing matters. Seems obvious, but so often, we run into companies that put velocity over quality, and and up paying for it in the form of bad app reviews, damaged reputation, and loss of business. Developers are fallible. Even with best intentions, they make mistakes, usually without being aware of it. Development organizations thoroughly

A Week of App Testing Day 1: Introducing the Concept of Mobile App Testing

So you’re thinking of building a mobile app or perhaps you’ve already built one; depending on the approach you’ve taken, it could be a web app, a native app, or both. This week, we are going to dig into some excerpts from a new eBook, entitled “Getting Started with Mobile App Testing” designed to help get readers started with mobile app testing basics and provide some mobile app testing tips as well.   Perfecto

  • Automotive Testing Tools

Perfecto Release 9.3 Is Major Push Toward Efficient Continuous Quality

Perfecto’s Release 9.3 delivers a significant number of new capabilities and service improvements. It’s not every release about which we’d write a dedicated blog post, however I felt compelled to share my perspective on the value points that this tremendous release delivers. In the area of digital testing, we’ve made a significant leap in our alignment with market share of desktop OS and browsers. According to Net Market Share, the following represents the current distribution: Desktop

  • Detect, Triage and Resolve App Issues

5 Ways to Detect App Issues Earlier in Your Release Cycles – A Webinar Recap

If you didn’t get a chance to join us for our webinar on Wednesday, here’s a recap and some insights on how you can detect app issues during production instead of during acceptance testing. Paul Bruce, Developer Evangelist, and Nick Sanjines, Systems Engineer, both with Perfecto, took time to talk about how the industry is approaching app development and testing. There were some technical glitzes with the presentation platform but they were able to talk

  • Automotive Testing Tools

Eliminating Flaky UI Tests to Stabilize Continuous Delivery

The software delivery process is constantly evolving to meet market and economic demands. New technologies allow developers to build software faster which requires equal improvement of practices in other areas of delivery such as testing to avoid creating gaps in quality or velocity. A modern approach to this challenge by top performing software teams is to adopt testing as part of short iterative development cycles rather than treat software quality as a separate phase of

  • Mobile Testing Emulator

3 Shortcomings of Using Emulators for Device Testing

We hear the question all the time: Should we use emulators or real devices? The answer may seem so obvious... Of course using real devices for testing is always better than using emulators! But it's a topic that comes up a lot and it is always beneficial to our customers to answer this question with specific reasons why this is the case. Here are three reasons why using a mobile testing emulator is limited in

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