I hope everyone had / still have relaxing holiday season – but apparently many of you are back online and testing your apps, games and web related stuff on our devices at Testdroid Cloud. During the last week two devices (surprisingly) stood out from the device roster when it comes to used time on devices and the number of tests executed on these devices: Google Nexus 5X and Google Nexus 6P. Why are these devices important now suddenly?
Some time ago, we added Google Nexus 5X and Google Nexus 6P with two different OS variants in our device farm. We have several copies of each and it was amazing to notice that the usage ratio on these devices got extremely high during the past week – so we decided to add more to ensure everyone gets their tests executed in timely manner.
Devices in the Nexus brand are typically considered as Google’s flagship Android products. One of deniable benefit of having Nexus devices is that you’ll get the OS update – whether minor or major – first shipped on these device models. Are we seeing Android 6.1 showing up soon on these devices? Well, we’ll definitely get you the upgraded one as soon as it becomes available, but meanwhile there are lots of great new features on 6.0 and 6.0.1 that can boost your apps – and also makes it important to get you apps tested on these devices.
Mobile App Testing on Android Marshmallow
Surprisingly, Android Marshmallow 6.x variants haven’t got adopted in a quick pace. This typically yields – and certainly has rumors on the air – about the next Android release happening soon. The Android 6.1 which probably is a maintenance and consolidation release most likely goes out with a Marshmallow name. Again, the typical maintenance and consolidation release doesn’t bring much new features but focus on getting things more stable, and get people on board with the latest and greatest OS version. As of few weeks ago, the OS install base looks like this (fetched from Google’s developer dashboard):
The original Android 6.0 made its debut at the beginning of October for Nexus device users in the US and later it got rolled out to other regions and OEM branded devices as well. Just by the time the above data was fetched, Android 6.0.1 got released (7th of December 2015). Furthermore, Android 6.0 and 6.0.1 has been available on Nexus 5, 6, 7 and 9 starting from early October here at Testdroid Cloud.
Whether you need to access these variants manually or to be used with test automation we’ve recently added lots of copies of all these devices with Android 6.0 and 6.0.1. As said, undoubtly there will be soon a new version of Android available and we’ll make sure it will land of all of these Nexus devices. In addition, not only these Nexus devices but there are plenty of OEMs that are working on Marshmallow update – and for example HTC has promised the following devices to be upgraded to Marshmallow (most likely the base 6.0 or 6.0.1):
- HTC One M9 (Q4,2015)
- HTC One M8 (Q4,2015)
- HTC One M9+ (Q1,2016)
- HTC One M8S (Q1,2016)
- HTC One E9 (Q1,2016)
- HTC One E9+ (Q1,2016)
- HTC One ME (Q1,2016)
- HTC One E8 (Q1,2016)
- HTC One M8 EYE (Q1,2016)
- HTC Butterfly 3 (Q1,2016)
- HTC Desire 826 (Q1,2016)
- HTC Desire 820 (Q1,2016)
- HTC Desire 816 (Q1,2016)
In addition, all the other major OEMs have promised to provide their upgrades during the Q4 or Q1 – so at least Huawei has revealed which devices in its line-up are getting the new software, Motorola has been committed to do the same, as well as Samsung, Sony, OnePlus and many others. It’ll be interesting to see whether it will be the base version 6.0/6.0.1 rolled out or will Android 6.1 (or whatever the new one will be called) make the cut before these launches.
Google Nexus 5X and Google Nexus 6P
So, what makes Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P stand out from the Android masses? Certainly, these devices continue the streamlined and clean design of Android, provide some new features in terms of OS version, but those are also from two different OEMs: LG and Huawei. The more OEMs coming into play with Nexus devices makes the entire ecosystem more versatile – maybe even more fragmented – but eventually this will be a great push for Android and make also app developers gain significantly in this push. Again, it’s even more important to get app and games tested in the context of these types of devices to ensure everything works well.
Both of the devices, with two different OS versions – Android 6.0 and Android 6.0.1 are readily available at Testdroid Cloud with both remote manual access and test automation to be used for your mobile app testing. Have fun!