Android continues to be the world’s biggest magnet for malware

Mobile malware. It’s scary, hard to protect against and is growing rapidly – especially on the Android OS. Due to its open-nature and popularity, the Android OS continues to be the biggest magnet for mobile malware and security attacks.

As covered by Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch, a recent report from F-Secure says that Android accounts for 79% of all malware in 2012:

By Mike Brown, 20 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Security, Testing.

Mobile users becoming more demanding and less patient

If you’re a mobile app developer or tester here’s some good news, according to a study released by Compuware, 85% of smartphone users prefer native apps over mobile web. The bad news? They have very high expectations, and you’re not meeting them. Want to hear some scary statistics?

  • 55% of users have experienced a problem with a mobile app
  • 62% have had an app crash, freeze or throw an error
  • 47% experienced sluggish launch
  • 40% have had an app fail to...

By Mike Brown, 15 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Testing.

Microsoft tries to help web developers with modern.IE

Microsoft has launched modern.IE, a set of testing tools designed to help developers “ensure their sites work beautifully across Internet Explorer as well as other modern browsers”.

This has come about in conjunction with browser tester BrowserStack, with which developers get three months free if they sign up with modern.IE.

There are three distinct elements to modern.IE. The first is a code detection wizard; the second is the three months of free testing from BrowserStack; and a best practice...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Microsoft, Testing.

How can you choose the right content management system?

Simply put, a Content Management System (CMS) is a system for managing content. Unfortunately, this basic definition fails to capture what a successful content management solution entails. 

A CMS refers to a Web application that provides a centralised database, allowing for the creation, revision and storage of various content through a predefined interface. Digital content is managed through a combination of rules, specific workflows and processes, which are applied to the content in order to facilitate the effective...

By Nenu Tech, 21 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Testing.

QASymphony asks: "Can 300 beta sites be wrong?"

QASymphony  today announced it has dug up more than 300 beta sites for its early release of a forthcoming cloud-based QA and software testing management platform called qTest. The beta sites come from Europe, the U.S., and Asia.  

Going to the cloud for testing tools is a growing trend, with IDC listing such attractions as the pay-as-you-go, monthly subscription model, non-intrusive updates, less IT staff to worry about, and...

By Victor Cruz, 10 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Testing.

AQuA's top 10 app fails: How many do you test for?

Following the launch of the Quality App Directory in October, the App Quality Alliance (AQuA) has released a list of the top ten failures they’ve encountered in apps.

AQuA, a not-for-profit trade association, is run and funded by its members, including AT&T, Orange, Oracle, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sony Mobile and LG.

It has drawn on the experience of these members, building up a set of best practice guidelines for producing quality apps, and provides sets of platform-specific testing criteria to...

By Matt Henkes, 09 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Testing.

Facebook and Android: Is it a match made in heaven?

Reports abound that Facebook is urging its employees to dump their iPhones and replace them with Android devices in order to get problems with Facebook’s Droid app sorted quickly.

The concept has been dubbed ‘droidfooding’; a play on ‘dogfooding’, standard tech industry practice whereby a company uses its own products to convince consumers of its worth – think the opposite of Gerald...

By James Bourne, 26 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Facebook, Social media, Testing.

What's next for the evolution of Agile?

I’ve recently bumped into an interesting Agile related discussion in one of my LinkedIn Groups and thought it was worthwhile to summarise some of its most thought-provoking ideas and conclusions.  So, one of the Agile group members simply asked the following questions: “Is Agile another hype cycle? What is next after Agile?” and this eventually resulted in more than 50 comments from active Agile practitioners and PMs, Scrum Masters and Coaches, Program Managers and corporate IT heads.

Answering the first question whether Agile is another hype cycle, many experts agreed that many of...

By Ciklum, 23 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Testing.

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 (, 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.