Android 4.2 bug doesn’t recognise December

Android Police has spotted an intriguing flaw in the latest Android 4.2 system – it doesn’t recognise the month of December.

The People calendar app goes straight from November to January, yet the Calendar itself remains unaffected.

The issue was raised initially on the Android Open Handset Alliance Project, where the complainant, Rohit Naik, noted: “Today I was inserting birthday of a friend in my...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Languages, Testing.

Is crowdsourced usability testing worth a try?

The feedback and the insight you can gain from usability testing is invaluable. To actually see people kicking your tires, using your website or software in the real world can bring to light a host of issues that would never crop up in the QA stage.

The good news is that usability testing no longer needs to break the bank. Usability testing services exist that follow the crowdsourcing model. These can provide quick feedback of how your software works in the real world.

Old school labs

Usability testing has...

By Vu Lam, 06 November 2012, 4 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Testing.

LongTail: What is the state of HTML5 video?

State of HTML5 video looks healthy for now, but how does LongTail Video's results compare with other tests?

LongTail Video, the creators of the JW Player, has updated its State of HTML5 Video report, which shows a healthy uptake for HTML5 video on browsers although isn’t at completion yet.

According to the research, nearly four in five browser and device manufacturers (79%) can play HTML5 video – in other...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Facebook clamps down on Open Graph, better apps to result?

Alongside the well-publicised App Center Open Graph, which shares app specific actions from users on their Timeline, is one of Facebook’s methods of enabling further app integration within the social network.

Now Facebook is changing things on Open Graph with the aim to give users a better experience.

The first element is modifying the Open Graph stories which appear on a user’s news feed.

As developer testing has revealed location and image...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Facebook, Testing.

AQuA to launch Quality App Directory at #AppsWorld

The App Quality Alliance (AQuA) is announcing the launch of the Quality App Directory, its newest initiative next week at Apps World in London on 2-3 October. It’s calling for Android developers to get involved, demonstrating the quality of their apps by implementing a recommended set of testing criteria and adding their apps to the directory.

The directory will constitute a kind of kite mark for quality, so inclusion will be a mark of respectability for...

By Matt Henkes, 26 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Testing.

Using “Donut Hole” caching in HTML5 offline apps

HTML Offline Applications allow you to create applications that work independent of an internet connection using technologies native to the web browser. Pages included in an offline application (by being listed in the application manifest) are served from the application cache whether or not a connection to the internet is present.

In the event that a user is viewing a...

By Craig Shoemaker, 19 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Languages, Testing.

How to generate promo codes and refund beta testers for Android apps

Getting playtesters for Android apps and giving out refunds for reviews of your Android apps is not nearly as straightforward as for iOS apps.

If you're a reviewer or beta tester for an iPhone or iPad app all you have to do is use a site like TestFlight or get the developer whose app is being tested to email you a promo code. Simple!

Perhaps that's why iOS apps are reviewed so much more often than Android apps. After all, a busy app review site can't afford the time nor money to review all the Android apps...

By Duwain Marnitz, 07 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Testing.

A Contest that Tests Crowdsourcing

Is there a fine difference between outsourcing and crowdsourcing?  If you believe what you read in Wikipedia, they say the difference between crowdsourcing and ordinary outsourcing is that “a task or problem is outsourced to an undefined public rather than a specific other body.”

But what if the ‘undefined’ public is actually a well-shaped and defined body? The body can stay anonymous, but its members could share the same baseline skills.

A power in numbers is undeniable. If you...

By Victor Cruz, 12 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Testing.

New Tool Documents your Bugs

On Valentine’s Day, a new California-based developer of software testing tools company, called QASymphony (www.qasymphony.com), announced it had gone out of beta with qTrace.

As a software QA tester, most likely your day includes the following activities:

  • find defect
  • retrace your steps
  • take screenshots
  • take notes
  • open a defect tracking tool, and then
  • submit a ticket.

After you review the ticket, you may realize that you missed a few things, and you either have to edit the ticket or repeat the whole process.

Here is where qTrace comes in handy.

Imagine if you...

By Victor Cruz, 27 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Testing.