Success in the app world is not defined by just a shorter time to market but also factors like security, reliability & stability that an app offers to the end-users. Beta testing mobile apps ensure that mobile app developers have built a mobile app that passes with flying colours in terms of quality, functionality, compatibility, usability, performance and other characteristics in the mobile app.
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Test Flight is a unique beta testing tool for iOS mobile apps that uses Fastlane to deploy apps to beta testers. Just a single command line allows iOS developers to hand over the app to beta testers, with TestFlight.
Once the development company submits the build for review on a Test flight, they can add external testers or even share a public link. Developers can create different groups and assign different builds to different groups with the Test Flight. Being an official tool managed by Apple it allows a production-like environment. It simplifies the distribution process of sending the apps to beta. TestFlight allows testers to add notes to provide feedback.
HockeyApp, soon to be Visual Studio App Centre is a popular tool for beta testing and app distribution. Large corporations that develop many different apps prefer to use HockeyApp. The platform supports multiple platforms like Android, iOS, macOS and Windows phone, also React Native, Xamarin along with Unity.
It supports crash analytics as well as app analytics, including tester management and notification features. App businesses can manage groups of beta testers from a centralized Dashboard with HockeyApp. Companies can share the link to download the apps with the Beta testers, and the mobile apps can be installed just by clicking the URL through the HockeyApp.
A developer’s favourite, UserExperior, is another beta testing tool that helps businesses access mobile apps with actual users pre-launch. The innovative tool offers Session recordings that help companies to record every micro-interaction a user makes once he/she opens the app until he leaves the interface. It also supports Heatmaps, a powerful UX Analytics tool that releases graphical representations depicting where a user or users have clicked, scrolled through, hovered mouse, on a given page. UserExperior supports all platforms including, iOS, Android, Xamarin and React Native. Supporting platforms is not all, it only takes 5 minutes to connect it to your app.
One of the most financially viable options in the market available for beta testing. It’s actually a Free Forever Software, you don’t need to pay anything to start beta testing. Being one of the very few software out there who is free with all the features loaded including collaborative processes, it truly is perfect for anyone involved in the app development process.
All mobile app businesses realize that UI and UX are essential factors when it comes to curating a superior app experience for app users. A quintessential beta testing tool, 99 Tests connects mobile apps with crowdsourced bug checkers to ensure that the app product is ready to go to market. In addition, it allows product owners the ability to scale their testing effort and enjoy on-demand access to a quality team. 99Tests also has a user-flow feature that depicts that way a user navigates through the mobile app.
99Tests is an easily integrable tool into iOS as well as Android mobile apps. When used for beta testing, it can showcase how a user goes about navigating the app and is more insightful than other tools that just provide feedback and conventional app analytics. The best thing about 99Tests for beta testing is the way in which it allows users to interact with the app in an unhindered manner.
TestFairy is a popular beta testing tool. It provides a complete video of the app navigation process and the way a user uses the functionality on the device. Test Fairy helps developers figure out how actual users use the mobile app.
Test Fairy comes well integrated with bug-tracking platforms such as GitHub, JIRA, Bugzilla, and Trello. Test Fairy SDK helps with both native & hybrid app development platforms. It simplifies testing apps on a large scale, showing exactly what was done, and what went wrong on the user’s end. TestFairy shares the details of the beta test in the form of a video that includes details of CPU, memory, GPS, network and much more. It also facilitates log and crashes recording of the mobile app testing session. TestFairy SDK can be integrated into the app to enable features like crash reporting. Businesses are waiting for features like integration with other CI/CD services, building logs, crash reports, etc.
Beta testing mobile apps involve handing over to a specific set of actual users to utilize the app for a particular timeframe & give suitable feedback. Beta testing derives end user’s input and helps app development companies decide if an app is ready to launch in the market or not.
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