Each business wants to make its mobile app available on Android platform due to its massive worldwide market. The developers further find it easier to write Android apps rapidly in a hugely popular programming language like Java. But the Android app testers have to address several challenges – mobile device fragmentation and varying popularity of different versions of Android – to test an Android app efficiently. The emulators and simulators help testing professionals to evaluate mobile apps across a wide range of devices quickly. But the online testing tools lack the capability to assess the user experience of the mobile apps accurately. Hence, the testers need to use real devices, and maintain a balance between the real devices and emulators/simulators to generate assess the usability and user experience of the mobile app efficiently. That is why; most testers look for test automation tools that enable them to test Android apps with a variety of real devices and in real-user environments. As a suite of mobile application testing tools for Android, Testdroid enables testers to assess the user experience and usability of Android apps efficiently by using real devices in the cloud. Also, Testdroid is designed with features to help users to overcome Android version and devices fragmentation. The testers can further access the Testdroid products and services anytime and anywhere over the cloud. They even have option to choose from four different Testdroid products according to their needs and budget. Its features make Testdroid different from other on-device mobile app testing tools for Android.
Why Testdroid is Different from Other Android Application Testing Tools?
Multiple Products and Solutions
Each enterprise has option to choose from several Testdroid solutions – Testdroid Public Cloud, Testdroid Private Cloud, Testdroid Enterprise, and Testdroid Recorder. Testdroid Public Cloud enables enterprises to get their mobile app tested with real Android devices hosted on dedicated hosting centres across Europe and USA. The Testdroid Private Cloud allows users to test Android apps by availing Devices and Infrastructure-as-a-Service, and using pre-selected real Android devices hosted on across dedicated hosting centres across Europe and USA.
Testdroid Enterprise is designed as an in-house software solution for managing all aspects of Android app testing simultaneously on multiple real Android devices. The users can also automate their manual testing efforts by using a robust Eclipse plug-in like Testdroid Recorder. They can use the plug-in to record real tests on Android devices, generate reusable Android JUnit test cases, and execute the test cases through Testdroid Cloud. Hence, each enterprise has option to select and use Testdroid products and solutions according to its specific needs and budget.
Testing on Real Devices
Despite being fast and easy to configure, the emulators/simulators have several shortcomings like incompatibility with the mobile app and its elements, support for specific versions of Android, and inability to assess user experience. Hence, it becomes essential for enterprises to assess the usability and user experience of the mobile app accurately by using a variety of real Android devices. But each enterprise has to spend money regularly to buy and maintain many Android devices. Testdroid enables users to test their mobile apps on a variety of real Android devices while avoiding the cost of acquiring and managing the devices.
Cloud Based Testing
Testdroid allows enterprises to test Android apps by availing cloud-based services. The cloud-based testing services help enterprises to reap a number of benefits in terms of quality, time and cost. The cloud-based testing services enable testers to test the Android apps anytime and anywhere, enhance test coverage, and assess all aspects of the applications. Also, these services enable enterprises to adopt agile development methodology and initiate continuous integration. Hence, an enterprise can avail either Testdroid Public Cloud or Private Cloud to test its Android apps efficiently within a shorter amount of time.
Embrace Agile Development
Most enterprises nowadays opt for agile development to build robust mobile apps within a shorter amount of time. But the enterprises need to facilitate smooth and constant communication between the programmers and testers in an agile environment. Also, the enterprise must build a comprehensive infrastructure according to the requirements of agile development. The enterprise can take advantage of Testdroid Public Cloud or Private Cloud to create an environment where both developers and testers can access the testing tools and resources without any hassle. Also, the cloud-based services help enterprises to keep modify and scale the environment according to needs of each project.
Implement Continuous Integration
In addition to adopting agile development methodologies, an enterprise can also take advantage of the cloud-based testing services provided by Testdroid to implement continuous integration (CI). The CI process will make it easier for testers to identify the errors or bugs in the code base more frequently and quickly. Testdroid enables testing professionals to test the mobile app anytime and anywhere. Hence, the testers can get the defects indentified in the code base without any hassle or delay. Also, they can easily deduce the amount of time required for creating new builds.
Reduce Development Time and Cost
Each enterprise has to incur additional expenses to avail Testdroid services and solutions. But the investment will help the company to build a high quality Android application within a shorter amount of time. As Testdroid solutions enable testers to overcome common issues related to Android application testing like device and operating system fragmentation. The enterprise can take avail Testdroid solutions to enable testers to generate more reliable test results by testing the application on many real devices. But the enterprise is not required to incur additional expenses to procure and maintain a large number of Android devices. Hence, the enhanced quality of the Android app will make it popular and profitable in the longer run.
Increase the Application’s Rating
Testdroid products and services enable users to enhance the Android application’s quality and reduce its time to market. Also, an enterprise can take advantage of these solutions to monitor the performance of its Android app on a regular basis. The managers can use Testdroid to track the app rating based on daily users. They can further identify the bugs, crashes and other issues that affect the app’s usability and user experience adversely. The testers can further get the bugs or defects fixed quickly to maintain the Android app’s rating and user experience.
At present, Testdroid is being used by large enterprises like Google, Yahoo, Intel, Accenture, PayPal, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Skype and eBay. However, Testdroid products and services are commercial. The enterprises have option choose from four distinct pricing models – solo, team, business and custom. Also, they can avail professional services of dedicated engineers to create custom test scripts. But an enterprise can always invest in Testdroid to evaluate its Android apps efficiently without building and managing a complex infrastructure.