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Iphone App Beta Testing

  1. 1. ==== ====If you are really serious about Iphone Apps then go to this site:http://www.IphoneAppMonster.com==== ====With so much competition (approximately 225,000) in the field of iPhone Apps, it is critical to notonly produce an App that is original, but also to ensure it is of high quality. The users experiencemust be positive from the moment they start the App. Anything less than great, then that user willleave average or negative feedback on iTunes. If that happens, then the App rating will drop,which obviously means the amount of people wanting to download it will drop too. To preventunwanted issues with the App, it is vital to ensure the App is Beta tested correctly. This way anyissues with the App can be rectified before its release.There are some useful iPhone App Beta testing services available, from simple tools andsimulators to complete professional beta testing solutions. Its worth noting that of these solutionsmay not be as good as they seem. Lets take a look at the most popular and cheapest way to BetaTest an iPhone App:App testing on a real device Vs a simulatorThere appears to be a few iPhone App simulators out there on the net claiming to offer solutionsfor beta testing an iPhone App. Well, although technically(and I use this term loosely) correct, theso called simulators are nothing more than web browser screens made to be the same size aniPhone screen. This really cannot offer a real beta test of an application, can they? So what arethe differences between testing on a simulator and a real device?The CPU typeThe screen (a real iphone has a touch-screen of course)Installing the AppMemory usageZooming functionalityNetwork connectivity related issuesRemember, customers that buy the App from the App store wont be running it on a simulator!Public Beta TestingA very credible and commonly used method of testing an application before its release isperforming a Public Beta Test. This is essentially releasing an application to the public before it is
  2. 2. officially released. With traditional software testing, this can be fairly straight-forward to implement,as the developing company can simply allow as many public beta testers as they wish to test theirsoftware application. Now, with an iPhone App things are different. Firstly, you are limited to onlyone hundred iPhones that can be used in the beta test. In addition, these iPhones must be knownto the developer, as each iPhones UDID will be required to create a provisioning file to go with theApp. So public beta testing can be achieved with an iPhone App, but only in a limited andrestricted way.Feedback from Beta TestersWhen assigning an App to be tested to your Beta Testers, make sure that the goals of the testingare made clear. You may have some specific areas of the Apps functionality that you wantfeedback on, for example; you may be wanting to test the performance of your entire system whenmultiple users are simultaneously using the App. Aim to ensure that all of your Beta Testers haveclear instructions of the testing you want carried out, and supply them with any specific informationthey need to use the App. Each tester must know how to test all of the Apps functionality. Acommon mistake is to not inform the testers of functionality that has been deliberately disabledprior to the Apps release. The testers may spend time investigating what they think is an issue,when in fact you already know about it. Also ensure that the testers know that if they find a critcialissue, they need to inform you immediatley. There is nothing worse than organizing a week longbeta test, only to find a critical issue reported on the last day. Obviously, it is important in anydevelopment lifecycle to resolve critical issues as soon as possible and may requirehalting/postponing the current beta testing until the issue is resolved.AestheticsAs this type of testing is trying to replicate a typical user environment, try to make good use of thetype of information that beta testing can provide. A good example of this is aesthetics, whichsimply means the look and feel of the App under test. This is commonly the last chance you get tomake any changes before your customers will see the App. Often overlooked items are thecoloring of the text and how it it used within the Apps design. Make sure that the text can not onlybe seen in an in-doors environment but also outside in daylight. The App could potentially beunusable if it cannot be seen outside. The most important area of aesthetics is how it feels to usethe App. Does performing some simple actions take you to too many screens or require readingover-long amounts of text? areas such as these cab be tested and provide you with really usefulfeedback prior to your Apps release.Can I Beta Test the iPhone App myself?An iPhone App developer has full control over the design or their code, but do they have controlover their quality? This is not a straight-forward question, or indeed answer. If a developerchooses to, they can indeed have full control over the Apps quality. The developer either needsprofessional knowledge and experience of software testing, or they ask a professional beta testerto test it for them. To release a successful App, it must be well designed and well coded. The bestway to ensure releasing a quality App is to use a professional iPhone App Beta Tester. Whenchoosing an App Beta Testing company, there are a few things you can look out for, including:1. Ensure the App will be tested on real devices (not simulators).
  3. 3. 2. Check a range of devices is available, e.g. iPhone 3, iPhone 4, iPad and iPod Touch.3. Make sure the beta testing will be carried out using the latest firmware available for that device.4. Always ask an iPhone App Beta Testing company about Usability testing too.5. Always ask for a test report.6. As well as the standard Exploratory testing techniques, a good testing company should be ableto offer you more advanced testing techniques such as Boundary Value Analysis and EquivalencePartitioning.7. As a developer you will probably want to get your App released ASAP, and so it is likely you willneed a quick turnaround.http://www.testing4success.com is a professional testing company providing highly cost-effectiveiPhone App Beta Testing services to companies around the globe. Free iPhone App TestingService available.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=James_S_Clark==== ====If you are really serious about Iphone Apps then go to this site:http://www.IphoneAppMonster.com==== ====