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May 30, 2013

TestFairy, Android application testing just got easier

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Summary:
Android application testing just got easier thanks to TestFairy. The service manages app beta testing, captures real-time data from applications under test on Android phones and provides aggregated test data to developers.

“When testing Android apps in the crowd, you never know what exactly was done and if there was a problem, what exactly went wrong on the client side.
TestFairy solves this problem by showing you a video of the exact test that was done, including CPU, Memory, GPS, Network and a lot more.
All this, with no SDK and no code to add to the tested app”.

For as long as Android has grown in the mobile market, developers have faced a huge challenge: How to test their apps across a wide and constantly growing range of devices? Some dev shops test across the most popular Android handsets and hope for the best. And all dev’s know this is a less than ideal situation. Having users beta test mobile apps can help. But managing all of that test data is no easy task.

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Now there appears to be a solution that goes by the name of TestFairy.

The service, which launched on Tuesday, aggregates app testing data in the cloud, providing developers with real-time testing information. Developers upload their .apk app file to TestFairy which sends invites to beta tests.After the apps are installed, Test Fairy captures key metrics from handsets such as CPU, memory, GPS, network usage, and phone signal to name a few.

TestFairy can even provide screenshots or videos of how testers are interacting with the application under test, which could help developers replicate certain issues. Here’s a quick peek at how the service works. I must say I like the animated video, well produced.

This solution sounds brilliant to me. I can not imagine testing apps across tens if not hundreds of mobile devices with different screen sizes, processors, graphics chips and radios.
TestFairy is launching as a free service, but it intends to add premium pay services in the future. From a developer standpoint, I can’t see why you wouldn’t consider using it. Testers might be a bit shy, however: I noticed that a device’s exact location is also tracked and reported on. I can understand why: Any location-based app would need to test for this. For internal betas that’s fine, but for public beta testers they may not like it but, why do the beta testing in the first place!
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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini