The new 0.9.12.alpha version of Testdroid Recorder is out! We worked hard to provide you new features and improve the existing ones. The enhanced GUI simplifies the recording. Now you can pause and resume it without restarting the recorded application. It is also possible to remove the recorded commands just during recording.
Last week I was speaking at Android Only! 2011 conference in Malmö, Sweden. My presentation was about Android device fragmentation and more specifically on how Android application developers can cope with the current fragmentation in Android devices. This problem did not exist 9 months ago and now it is becoming the single most expensive headache for any serious Android application developer. To understand the full extend of this problem you only have to browse through the comments of any application in the Android Market. About 80% of the comments are about the application not working correctly on a specific phone model, updates that make the application crash or in the worst case the application that the customer just paid for does not install at all.
Version 0.9.10.alpha of Testdroid Recorder is now out.
This release was focused mostly on bug fixing and polishing existing functionality.
Please check out latest alpha at https://bitbar.com/download. If you have installed previous versions, you can just update it by going to About Eclipse -> Installation Details, selecting Testdroid Recorder and clicking Update (Eclipse restart is necessary).
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.