Just a week ago, Google finally released the latest Android version – Android 8.0 Oreo, as widely suspected. As the announcement of Android Oreo coincided with the solar eclipse in the US, Google launched a teaser campaign and stated that it brings some super (sweet) new powers. Today, we are happy to bring you the great news that Android 8.0 (Oreo) is officially available for automated testing at Bitbar Device Cloud, empowering you to enlarge your Android device coverage for optimizing Android app quality and user experience on the latest Android operating system.
In the last blog, we have covered how to start synthetic monitoring for mobile apps from preparing necessary files for monitoring checks to setting up checks on Bitbar Monitoring. We also unveiled some key findings during our continuous observations on the top US retail apps.
By the end of the last blog, you are supposed to be familiar with Bitbar Monitoring and have at least some simple test scripts for proactively monitoring your mobile apps.
First of all, I hope you all had a great summer.
As most of you have already known, we moved to a faster release schedule back in 2016, wherein we have been managing to deliver new features to all of our users on a bi-weekly basis thanks to keeping on agile practices. That being said, you might have noticed that this time the sprint for the new Bitbar Testing update is longer than usual. Why? Because we have exciting news to announce and it will bring great benefits to everyone down the line.
App monitoring is a critical part of the mobile app development and DevOps process in the same way that test automation should be thought of as a foundational component of agile release cycles, regardless if it is a mobile website or an Android/iOS native mobile app. Without monitoring your mobile applications, it can have a serious impact on your digital business.
No matter what industry you are in, it is always a challenge to make every of your customers happy and satisfied. By the time a customer specifically points out that your service or product is of extremely low quality, however, your reputation is gone.
Most business leaders know that mobile app performance has a significant impact on revenue generation, user retention and customer loyalty – especially during the busy end of the year holiday season when users’ tolerance for slow response time, sluggish performance and dropped transactions is at its lowest. People know that mobile app performance is important but it is unclear what constitutes poor performance: When is your app fast? When is it slow? How do my competitors perform in this regard?
Bitbar Testing provides a highly scalable device farm and testing infrastructure for agile mobile app testing to speed up the quality assurance of business-critical applications. With the support of all open source technologies, Bitbar Testing streamlines mobile DevOps processes and accelerates app delivery by reducing mobile test cycle. Our service is trusted and adopted by Global 2000 companies for CI/CD pipeline setup, maximal device coverage and device lab management.
Today there are many automation tools that companies are working with. It’s evident that not every process around baking quality into mobile apps is perceived the same. In my 10 years working for enterprise and startups there always seems to be one thing that teams tend to overlook. It’s rather simple, but as engineers we sometimes make our lives harder than it has to be. This is especially true when we are faced with a business process related to do items.
If you’re working in a large organization you might know what I am talking about. It’s what you get asked for at the end of every sprint and before being ready to release to production. The “thing” I am referring to is a report.
Though it’s sad that summer is leaving us soon, autumn is actually one of the best seasons to welcome lots of popular events. Coming first in September is the Droidcon series, one of the largest global Android developer conferences covering the growth of Android ecosystem and providing a network for developers, technologies and businesses.
As a pioneer in solving ever-changing challenges in Android dev & test, Bitbar will be presenting its latest cloud-based Android app testing solution and test automation technology at Droidcon Berlin 2017, September 3-5 @CityCube Berlin.
Transforming a company from Agile Development to Continuous Delivery by deploying a high degree of automation into its delivery pipeline, is called DevOps nowadays. DevOps is short for Development and Operations – the two departments that generally operate with two very different goals. Software Development teams are continuously writing new and better code to achieve fast iteration cycles. They need an environment with improved and instant feedback loops on new innovations. Conversely, Operations teams are all about keeping production software stable and working, no matter what. They need an environment that alerts of any deviations in production. In general, the fewer changes to the environments are introduced, the better.