Jouko Kaasila from Bitbar will be presenting at Android Only! 2011 conference in Malmö on June 14, 2011. His presentation is under a title of “Strategies for coping with Android fragmentation”. The presentation will cover approaches for automating Android application testing and will also answer the question why testing on real devices is a must for any serious application developer. He will also give examples of most common problems with incompatibility and go through best practices to minimize thecost related to device fragmentation.
How to design Android application which get you more money? Do you know where money comes from? It comes from really good users feelings and experience. You should know that if your app does something that is useful but ugly, slow and confusing, people will not use it. If your app crashes, it won’t be featured. If it doesn’t have good usability and quality, you have really failed as a developer.
New version of ADT has been recently released. There are several updates coming with it. You can read about them on http://developer.android.com/sdk/eclipse-adt.html. ADT 11.0.0 is compatibile with the latest version (0.9.8.alpha) of our Testdroid Recorder which has been released yesterday. It contains a bunch of bug fixes and better usability. Please try it out!
First trial version of Testdroid Recorder Alpha has been out for few weeks now and we have been overwhelmed with the positive response it has received and the sheer amount of downloads every day!
Naturally as the product is still in Alpha there are some issues to fix and we have had very good defect reports from our Alpha users. We are fixing these issues on continuous basis and will be releasing the fixes every second week. We are also preparing a list of known issues as well as a list of all Android UI widgets that Testdroid Recorder currently recognizes.
A great number of customers have shown interest in our build and test tools hosted from cloud. Especially companies from Android development community have contacted us, which indicates they are really actively seeking solutions to improve development process and productivity and especially quality of apps and services.
Like with many other new things, moving builds and tests to cloud is seen as a great idea, a way to save money and improve efficiency, but companies still have concerns integrating their development environment to cloud. Many times it is about policies, companies might have already invested in build servers and sometimes the build & test times are not seen as waste.
Helsinki, Finland (May 4th, 2011) Bitbar, technology and services company enabling Android software development teams to accelerate their product development, improve quality and lower fixed costs in their development by providing automated software Build and Test environments, announces the release of Testdroid Recorder and Testdroid Server in conjunction with Google IO 10-11 May 2011.
This week we created a video demonstrating Bitbar Testdroid testing solution in real live action running automated Robotium UI tests simultaneously on 6 Android phones and 2 emulator configurations. The video gives a good idea how much time you can save with this solution as running the tests simultaneously takes only minutes but if you were to run these manually on each of these devices it would take hours. Additionally all results are stored in nice human readable form enabling test trend comparisons between builds.
Qt allows you to code once and deploy your application to many types of mobile devices. Obviously you still need to
#ifdef in some places in your code. In the mobile world the general targets for Qt are Symbian/S60, Maemo, MeeGo and Windows Mobile devices. There are also APIs know as Qt Mobility which enable developers to add mobile functionality to their applications, like phone contact lis, camera, sensors, multimedia etc.
I attended Software 20/20 -conference in Helsinki last week. Over 400 professionals from software industry gathered to discuss about future of software. Among others Gartner people gave their view on the future trends of technology. For the first time for years, Business Intelligence was NOT the number 1 in the list of CIOs’ top strategic technologies. This time it was virtualization and cloud computing. They explained that Cloud Computing is now where service oriented architecture (SOA) was in 2005, everyone is asking questions, talking about it, figuring out the benefits, figuring out the vendors etc. Nowadays SOA architecture is just being implemented, all the fuzz and hype has disappeared, companies walk the walk.
Designing new devices and developing new solutions for mobile environments is a painful process as everyone who has worked on new platforms and millions of possible configurations know.
If you are a semiconductor maker who is working on Android or Linux and creating a base port for your new chip, a device maker designing incredible devices that customers crave and love or an application developer working with the latest devices, you are most probably working with such unstable environment.