One of the essential elements when a development team faces the launch of a new application is the testing process. It is important to test each end of the software to avoid any further complication. Unexpected closures, errors in key functionalities, usability failures ... any of these reasons may be a justifiable reason for a bad opinion in an app store. & Nbsp;
Today there are some really powerful tools and platforms to share with third parties a beta version of an application for testing: the more people interact, the easier it is to detect bugs.
These tests can not only be performed by real users (the beta version of the application is uploaded to a platform, the user downloads and tests it), but that testing process to find errors can be automated. The following tools will save you hours of testing by automating them.
1. & nbsp; TestFlight Beta Testing & nbsp; (IOS)
TestFlight is undoubtedly some, the testing tool most used by iOS developers. Not only to test applications for mobile devices such as iPhone or iPad, but also in other Apple company products such as Apple Watch, with its watchOS operating system, & nbsp; and Apple TV, with its TVOS. The idea is that with a mail account it is possible to invite anyone to test a beta version of an application. With a limit of 2,000 betatesters.
For any user to try the beta version in TestFlight, it is first necessary to create a record in iTunes Connect for the application. The conditions for doing so are very limited, with the aim that developers can launch projects without problems and perform all the tests they want with internal and external users.
2. & nbsp; Crashlytics Beta ‹p> strong> & nbsp; (iOS and Android)
Crashlytics launched in February 2014 a tool to test applications on both iOS and Android . One of the most important advantages of Crashlytics is its integration with most IDEs for iOS and Android professionals: Xcode , Android Studio , Eclipse ...
In the case of iOS, the testers are added to the testing of the beta versions through the UDID (Unique Device Identifier), the starting number of which Apple identifies each device of the company in the hands of a user. With this identifier it is very easy to register each user that wants to become a beta tester.
In the case of Android, the only thing that is necessary is to install the Beta application on the device and, starting from there, you can download each new version and try it. Beta provides developers with a control panel where they can see the process of using the beta version by each of the testers. Thanks to this, the developer can see on the board of Crashlytics Issues all the problems that the testers are experimenting with the use of the software. Results in performance, unexpected closures ... all kinds of metrics.
3. & nbsp; Ubertesters & nbsp; (iOS and Android)
Ubertesters offers both: a quality management tool and a global testing service so that you can access many real users with real devices to test the mobile application in real conditions. This solution makes available to its customers what they call crowdtesters, professionals from all over the world who make themselves available to a company to try out their new products.
Its main features: & nbsp;
- Ensures the distribution of the structure to selected individuals or predetermined groups.
- Real-time construction management, including control of access to construction.
- Test groups A /B.
- Video recording function to see the exact steps made by the app tester.
- Screen capture and editing from the tested application itself
- Fault report generation tool with video recording and tracking.
- Support for test cases
- Extension of the QA team with certified testers around the world . & nbsp;