Plato wrote that “necessity is the mother of invention.” This still holds true today as developers, engineers and testers need their ever-growing test cases to be automated. They need to be testing every day, multiple times a day with a variety of tests: smoke, regression, functional, user acceptance, etc. Because of the sheer volume of test cases and device permutations, a DIY lab just can’t handle the load and, as a consequence, more organizations
Fragmented Android OS Landscape Creates Challenges for App Developers Perfecto today announced fully testing capabilities for Android 9 Pie. Perfecto customers can immediately test the newest release from Google across the Perfecto Continuous Quality Lab. What’s New in Android Pie Released yesterday, Android Pie introduces a new gesture-based “swipe” system interface similar to the iPhone X, a new dashboard to track usage — again much like the Apple screen time feature, an adaptive battery feature
Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed the growing need to make all types of applications – web and mobile – accessible to everyone: “We’ve always viewed accessibility as a human right, and just like human rights are for everyone, we want our products to be accessible to everyone.” ~Tim Cook Websites frequently have been targets of disability discrimination and, unfortunately, this trend is making its way into the domain of mobile applications. [
Why is Tricentis creating a cloud execution partner program? Tricentis’ customers are doing mobile testing in various ways – they do full mobile automation and exploratory testing, some of them prefer simulators or emulators while others want to use real devices. They also can be divided based on the location of devices – some prefer to have them locally, while others want to use device cloud of their choice. Tricentis wants to fulfill all that
FaceID, TouchID, location, camera, and conversational interfaces are offered on such a wide array of devices that it’s enough to make a testing professional dizzy. There’s a constant question buzzing in our testing minds: which device supports which feature?
If you aren’t already talking to your watch, your car, or your smartphone, you will be soon. Users love interacting with services and content on their own devices, at their convenience and on their terms- doing so in a more “human” way frees them inconvenient and tedious text entry. Voice interfaces can make commutes more productive, let you quickly find a TV show, or find great recipes without having to juggle a keyboard and mouse with messy baking hands. As a result of this trend, brands are adopting conversational interfaces as a key element of their digital strategy, expanding their presence beyond web browsers and native mobile applications. Ally Bank, for example, already offers a set of “Alexa skills”, including balance checking, money transfers, recent transactions, etc. The growth in developing Alexa skills has been remarkable; they are becoming an increasingly ubiquitous tool.
More Upgrades Than You Can Shake a Stick At Don’t be fooled by the version number. Appium 1.8 is a major release and it packs the new features to prove it. If you use Appium and you haven’t already upgraded, you’re going to want to. Our own Eran Kinsbruner hosted a webinar with Jonathan Lipps, Appium project lead and founder of Cloud Grey, to give us the low-down on this awesome new release.
If you thought web innovation would slow down or end in 2018, we are delighted to tell you that you are wrong. There is a new cross-browser testing framework being adopted in the community. Gauge, a framework sponsored by ThoughtWorks has begun to make noise in a community dominated by Cucumber framework and Selenium
Since Perfecto is sponsoring and attending the annual Appium 2018 conference today, it’s a great time to take a look at some pros and cons, how it stacks up against the competing tools and what might be around the corner. Benefits of Appium What’s great about Appium: Is has a strong active open source community Appium is by far the leading open-source test framework for cross-platform(mobile) native test automation (iOS, Android) solutions Appium is consistently backed by a large, very dynamic community, with steady support, commits etc.
Continuous testing is one of the keys to the DevOps kingdom. Your pipeline needs to move fast to keep up with ever-shrinking release schedules but you can’t afford to sacrifice quality- or UX- in the name of speed. The solution? During each stage of development, Development teams need to balance testing every scenario against the amount of time needed to generate meaningful test results.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, or if you work in DevOps, you’ve probably already spent a fair amount of time considering which devices you need in your lab. Testing on the right platforms is key to ensuring a great experience for your users. However, in the scramble to make sure your lab is up to date today, you might overlook another critical component of a successful testing strategy: planning. Planning for future changes in the market makes the difference between success today and ongoing success.
If you make your living building or testing applications, there’s one question you can’t avoid: “With the market constantly changing, which platforms do I need to test against to make sure I’m not missing something important?” Enterprise app development teams need to ensure a great user experience (UX), and in order to deliver that experience, they must keep up with change; this is where Perfecto can be an invaluable partner. We continuously scan the market and map out specific tipping points that happen throughout the year: for example, when the latest major OS versions for iOS and Android become widely adopted.
Over the last year, there has been a growing trend of iOS development teams adopting XCUITest and additional frameworks built on top of the XCTest interface. Development teams have started to adopt XCUITest to get fast and reliable feedback. There are a few clear drivers to this growing adoption: Intuitive – Using XCUITest is quite intuitive for developers as it runs from within the XCode IDE Fast – Test execution against iOS devices is faster than any other UI test automation tool due to the framework architecture
Apple (again) reinvented the display with the introduction of the notch on iPhone X screens (soon on 3 more models, and likely, eventually, across the fleet). From a developer perspective, that innovation may not have been as popular. So much so, that Apple approved a ‘Notch Remover” app. The introduction of the notch made it confusing for app developers to know exactly how to develop the app. There is what’s called a “safe area” to develop that does not include the notch and as a result, some apps do indeed decide to stay inside the “safe area”, creating a somewhat ugly layout:
There are always new challenges in the mobile world and as mobile usage continues to dominate almost every business vertical (both native mobile-web), having a testing strategy that can be modified to incorporate new use cases and interfaces is crucial. Over the next few months I will dive into some of the hot topics and trends in the Digital sphere to look at the horizon. Today we will be talking about the Mobile UX and bounce rate.
Are you used to getting a certain amount of data from your testing practices? Did you know that today you can extract more data from your existing testing practice…with zero additional effort. This all plays into the shift left movement that delivers insight – earlier and easier. When thinking about shifting left, you should answer one of these questions: 1. What new insights can I gain earlier? 2. How easy is it to implement?
2018 is quickly becoming the year of DevOps and Continuous Testing. Some experts suggest that organizations that are moving towards DevOps should operate with the highest percentage of test automation and while this is a good suggestion, it takes more than just that to be successful in DevOps.
App performance can be a killer problem for any digital company, especially when the performance issues take too long to identify. What I have found by working with many of our customers is that the answer can be hiding in the HAR file data- which is why you should always check your HAR files.
In the past year, we have seen a huge increase in the numbers of customers adopting the Espresso and XCUITest automation frameworks. There are many reasons we’re seeing this growth. Much of it can be attributed to the inexorable trend towards DevOps; these frameworks also successfully address some of the long-standing challenges for traditional test tools.
More and more markets are moving towards digital channels as their main means of engaging with customers. A majority of companies in North America and Europe have embraced the agile philosophy; close behind and coming up fast is the move towards DevOps practices, which allow teams to release higher quality software at a faster pace.
Here we are again, another post about Black Friday. Why should you read this one? What is different about it? Well, for starters, I promise to be short. I also think you will find at least one useful fact to aid in your checklist of items to make sure your site and app don’t become a Black Friday horror story. Here are three common Black Friday pitfalls to be aware of: 1. Performance and User
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the iPhone, Apple wanted to make a splash in 2017. On top of their traditional release schedule, they set out to offer their customers a new, premium experience with the iPhone X. Along with iOS 11, they have introduced a raft of cool new tech and features; however, their frenetic release schedule has been accompanied by something we’re less used to from the masters of fit
Prior to the iPhone X launch, many people doubted the premise of leveraging face ID as the exclusive biometric authentication measure. Post launch, the Face ID feature is widely used, and Apple is planning to transition all future devices to this authentication method. For mobile brands, Face ID impacts user adoption and application usage tremendously. It streamlines key transactions in the user flow to a degree that was not possible before. Face ID can streamline
Bug handling in DevOps can be the make-it or break-it factor- because of this, I have gathered some of the best tips and practices to treat your bugs. 1. Triage Everything Investigate every bug to identify the root cause – there might be other bugs underneath Fixing bugs fast is essential for healthy automation, especially as part of today’s mature DevOps processes. That said, it is also important to make sure there is no other