The Importance of Mobile OS Version for App Developers

Android OS versions compared
Android OS versions compared

The operating system and its version has a crucial role for all development going on Android and iOS. The applications – whether considered as more traditional applications, gaming apps, hybrid or web apps – are the beef for end-users to get everything out of their devices. All those mobile apps play an essential role determining if devices, OEMs, platform itself and the whole ecosystem can flourish.

In this blog, we’ll take a look at Bitbar’s data and analyze it a bit to understand why operating system versions are extremely important factor for app developers, and why appdevs should take every update seriously. Harshly, you know, the OS update can make or break the revenue generation from your app.

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Use Appium Desktop to Boost Your Appium Efficiency

Creating Desired Capabilities with Appium Desktop
Creating Desired Capabilities with Appium Desktop

We’ve talked about this quite many times here at Bitbar Blog, but Appium has been one of the most solid open source test automation frameworks during the few past years. And despite of significant changes in Appium iOS, it seems that this framework is going (again) full steam ahead.

The latest addition is the Appium Desktop tool that enables users to work with Appium on their desktops and use Inspector for yet better analysis of their app. Let’s take a look at how to get Appium Desktop installed and how to work with it.

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How to Get Started with Synthetic Mobile App Monitoring

Every mobile app developer should consider how end-users of their app experience their app or service. For this purpose, Bitbar has developed its user experience monitoring that allows app developer organization to monitor, inspect and get instantly alarmed if something happens with the user experience flow from end-user’s point of view. To get the best possible tools and method available for developers, we’ve launched a localized monitoring service that uses real Android and iOS devices, with real networks and variety of different geographical locations.

This blog provides all steps you need to do in order to get started with synthetic mobile monitoring at any location around the world.

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User Segments that Cannot Rely on Real User Monitoring

Statistics for mobile traffic
Statistics for mobile traffic

Real User Monitoring (RUM) has been discussed in great details and what it can provide for companies with mobile app, game or website. It’s has been also stated that Real User Monitoring will be a standard approach for many companies to get how their product does in the wild. However, in many cases, the RUM approach is not possible during the development and not even after release.

In this article, we’ll take a look of few important mobile monitoring user groups that should not rely on real user monitoring and why this is the case for these user segments. Furthermore, this article provides some reason why these app development ‘verticals’ get much better value out from synthetic mobile monitoring.

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How to Get Started with XCUITest Using Real Devices on Cloud

The Apple’s XCUITest has quickly become very popular among the iOS app developers, and testers as well. We’re extremely excited about this framework as it has enabled many of our users to adopt a new framework since UI Automation was deprecated. The XCUITest framework is not really new, but its foundation XCTest has been as part of the Xcode for some years already.

Let’s take a look at XCUITest and how to get started with it and run your tests on remote real devices on a cloud service.

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Expert Interview Series: Marko Kaasila, CEO at Bitbar

Our CEO Marko Kaasila got interviewed by Netscout for his insights and deep knowledge of mobile testing industry. Read more to see what Marko things of today’s trends in mobile app testing and the best practices how mobile app developers, testers and organizations of different sizes can overcome problems, improve their app quality and gain better understanding of how users use their apps.

Read the Original Article Here.

The Essence of Mobile DevOps is To Destroy Silos

The Real Scope of Mobile DevOps
The Real Scope of Mobile DevOps

The Mobile DevOps is a practice of bringing the different disciplines involved in developing, testing, releasing and operating software into a functional inside organizations – or by a team that works closely together. By bringing together developers (Dev) and operations (Ops), the team is able to continuously deliver their product based on continuous feedback and iteration. And as always, there are different practices, habits and different flavors of adopted company cultures that set the behavior for an actual process and daily doing.

In this blog, we’ll take a look at the most common and widely accepted Mobile DevOps ‘process’ with its steps and what those mean. In addition, the focus is to provide insights on how enterprises can get rid of ‘siloes’ inside their organizations for dynamic development, testing, deployment and monitoring.

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What’s Trending with Mobile Test Automation Frameworks

Device runs at Bitbar Public Cloud
Device runs at Bitbar Public Cloud

For several years, we’ve been providing the most diverse and (by far) the largest mobile device farm for our users. Bitbar Public Cloud (Testdroid Cloud) has been incrementally growing year by year and more device runs have been executed quarter by quarter. Furthermore, every now and then it’s great to deep dive with all this data, gather and analyze the most interesting aspects of how people use their mobile test automation environments and frameworks.

Here are some facts and numbers from our Public Cloud during the last year, especially when it comes to used test automation frameworks with it.

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Using Xcode Storyboard for UI Building and Testing

using xcode storyboard for ui creation and testing
using xcode storyboard for ui creation and testing

The storyboard feature has been available in Xcode for some versions back already and personally I’ve found this feature extremely handy to quickly build UI layouts, sketch things out and mock UI look-and-feels. It doesn’t only save your time and effort when building, mocking or designing user interfaces for your app, but it also produces great results. In addition, packaging things up in Xcode and send those for real device tests on cloud is easier than ever.

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How to Access App Store from Appium Script

how to access app store from appium script
how to access app store from appium script

It’s quite common in mobile app testing that application and test script with a test session needs an access to various locations. For example, some test scripts need to access URLs, databases, back-end servers or even App Stores (e.g. Google Play or Apple App Store). With the access, test session can get, download or update certain applications from app stores before the actual test session will begin.

In this blog, we’ll take a look of how Appium test script can access Apple App Store and how to use certain XCUIElement components to assist your script with that.

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