Functional Testing Vs Non-Functional Testing

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By Suyash Dubey
October 20, 2020
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Functional Testing Vs Non-Functional Testing

According to a report, app crashes cause 71% of uninstalls. Other reasons that compel users to uninstall apps are page response time, confusing UI, and battery consumption. This indicates the importance of functional testing as well as non-functional testing in delivering a user-friendly app. So let’s examine functional testing.

What Is Functional Testing?

Functional testing is done to make sure that the functions of an app are working in conformance with the required specification. It is black box testing and does not go into the details of the source code of the app. In functional testing the focus should be on the user-friendliness of the main functions of the app.

To perform functional testing, first we need to identify the test input and compute the expected outcomes with the selected test input values. Then we execute the test cases and compare the actual data to the expected result.

Functional Testing

Functional Testing Types

Let’s have a look at types of functional testing for mobile applications.

Unit Testing

In Unit Testing, individual components of a software application are tested during the development phase. Unit testing is usually done by developers as opposed to testers. A function, which is in the form of a section of code, is tested to verify accuracy. Drivers, unit testing frameworks, mock objects, and stubs are used to perform unit testing.

Unit testing is usually automated, but sometimes it can be done manually. A manual approach can be effected with the help of an instructional document. Unit testing can be performed on all types of mobile applications.

In automated unit testing, a developer writes code in the app to test the function or procedure. Once the app has been deployed, that code can be removed. The function can be isolated to test the app rigorously. It reveals the dependencies between the code being tested and other units. Then the dependencies can be eliminated. Most of the developers use a unit test automated framework to log the failing test cases.

Integration Testing

Integration testing is done to check if the individual components of the app function as expected when integrated. Integration testing is usually done after unit testing when all the builds are tested and combined.

A software module is generally tested by a software developer, whose programming logic might differ from that of other developers. Integration testing is done to check that the logic works in unity. At the time of product development the requirements of the client may change, hence integration testing becomes necessary if the new changes are not unit tested at the time of development. Integration testing is also important because interfaces between the software module and the database could be erroneous.

Sanity Testing

Sanity testing is performed after receiving the software build with minor changes in the functionality to make sure that the errors are rectified and there will be no issues due to these changes in the future. The goal is to test the function on a superficial level (not thoroughly) to see if the developer has rationally built the function or not.

Usually, these following steps are considered while performing sanity testing: Mark the modifications introduced in the code with the newly added features. Evaluate these marked features to ensure that they are fulfilling their motive. Then test the related features, associated parameters, and elements to ensure their proper working. After all this, the build can be subjected to other advanced testing methods. It’s better to use a cloud-based testing platform rather than online Android emulators as they provide hundreds of device browser combinations.

Smoke Testing

This is done to check if the build is stable enough to proceed with further testing. Smoke testing is done end to end and not for a particular component as we do in insanity testing.

Smoke testing, also known as “build verification testing” is a type of software testing that comprises a set of test cases aimed at ensuring that the most important functions work. It is often a set of automated regression and functional tests that are focused on the most important and frequently used feature. The results of this testing are used to decide if a build is stable enough to proceed with further testing. So can we say that smoke testing should also involve performance testing, it should only be executed if the web application has a significant amount of traffic and performance metrics like page loading time are critical?

Regression Testing

Regression testing is done to check if the newly added code has any adverse effect on the functionality of the app. This is done when a new feature has been added to the app or if there have been some changes in the code. The changes in the code can impact the existing flow of the product or they may have bugs. This can be evaluated through regression testing, in which the motive is to initiate optimization and enhancement, as well as fixing issues if needed in the existing feature.

System Testing

System testing is the testing of a fully integrated software product. The software is interfaced with hardware and other software and a series of tests are conducted on the fully integrated app on the system. It can be a white box or black box or both.

Here, non-functional testing refers to reliability and performance testing, efficiency testing, portability testing, and maintainability testing. The functional testing at the system level verifies interoperability testing of interfacing with all external components, along with end-to-end business workflows. In system testing, the testers may also need to deal with the undocumented or incomplete requirements of the software.

System testing needs to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Test for the functional and non-functional requirements of the software.
  • Test the whole software as per the scope of the release.
  • Test must be conducted in a production environment.
  • This is the final phase of testing before the release of the software

Beta/User Acceptance Testing

Beta testing and UAT (user acceptance testing) happens in the final phase of the testing process before the app is ready to be released. It is performed by the client/user to validate end-to-end business flow and user-friendliness.

This may also involve verification of the help desk functions, backup, recovery, business processes, and user training material evaluation.

User satisfaction increases as users become more confident that the requirements have been met, without any fear of how the product will behave in a real environment or that critical issues will arise when least expected. The quality criteria of the product are defined in the early phase of development.

Vendors have improved communication both with the clients and within the team, as the requirement definition is improved through the acceptance tests and signed by the client. The engineering team ends with minimizing the pressure during the implementation and risks of post-implementation. Stakeholders use the information gathered through UAT to better understand the target audience’s need.

What Is Non-Functional Testing?

Non-functional testing is designed to evaluate the readiness of an app with various criteria like in load testing, scalability testing, and stress testing. It evaluates how well the app will perform in challenging conditions.

Non Functional Testing Types

Let’s look at the five major types of non-functional testing for mobile applications.

Performance Testing

Performance testing is done to ensure that the app will work smoothly under the expected workload. The goal is to find performance issues like reliability, resource usage, etc.but not to find bugs. Three main things that we should keep in mind while doing performance testing are quick response, maximum user load, and stability in a varied environment. Even if you are focusing on mobile testing and using online Android emulators, performance testing cannot be avoided.

Types of Performance Testing:

Endurance Testing:This is done to check if an app can withstand the load that it is expected to endure for a long period of time.

Scalability Testing:This is done to check the performance of an app at maximum load and minimum load at software, hardware, and database level.

Load Testing:In this, the system simulates actual user load on an app to check the threshold for the maximum load the app can bear.

Stress Testing:This is done to check the reliability, stability, and error handling of an app under extreme load conditions.

Spike Testing: In this, an app is tested with sudden increment and decrement in the user load. By performing spike testing, we also get to know the recovery time for an app to stabilize.

Volume Testing:This is done to analyze an app’s behavior and response time when flooded with a large amount of data.

Compatibility Testing

Compatibility testing is performed to make sure that the app works as expected on various hardware, operating systems, network environments, and screen sizes.

Security Testing

Security testing is the most important part of the mobile app testing process and it ensures that your app is secure and not vulnerable to any external threat like malware and viruses. By doing this we can figure out the loopholes in the app which might lead to loss of data, revenue, or even trust in the organization.

Let’s have a look at the major security threats that should be eliminated during security testing.

Privilege elevation

In this, the hacker might app but he/she can increase the privilege that has been provided by already have an account in your app and using the services provided by your default. For example, if the app has a clause to award credits for referring the app to a friend then the hacker can extend the limit and get more money out of it.

Unauthorized data access

The most common type of attack is by gaining unauthorized access to valuable information. This can be done simply by hacking the login credentials or by hacking the server to access the data.

URL manipulation

Hackers manipulate the URL query string if the app or website uses the HTTP GET method to transfer data between the client and the server. The QA team can pass a modified parameter value to see if the server accepts it.

Denial of service

This type of attack renders the services of the app inaccessible to the end-users. The hackers can also rapture the working mechanism of the app and the server machine to make it unstable.

Usability Testing

Usability testing is performed by a small set of users to figure out the usability defects in the application. It is done in the initial phase of software development when the design is proposed. The focus is on how easy it is to use the app and if the system is meeting its expected objective. This type of mobile testing can also be performed on online android emulators.

There are a few methods by which we can carry out usability testing. One is during the design phase where you can evaluate the design by just drawing on a piece of paper. Random tests can also be done once the app is built to check for usability. This can be done by real users on the site which can then provide results. Conversely, a tool might be very helpful with the statistics based on the inputs on design and wireframes.

The first step in performing usability testing structurally is to identify the userswho are to operate the usability app. It is necessary to choose the users according to the behavior of the app with reference to geography, age, gender, etc. The next step is to design a task that the user is supposed to perform and then to analyze the results of the testing.

Usability can be done in an isolated test area in front of observers who inspect the testing and create a report on the assigned task. The next option is remote usability testing in which the observer and the testers are located in separate locations and the task is done remotely. Testers’ details such as their reactions are recorded by automated software.

Localization Testing

This is done to assure that the app is customized and behaves as per the culture of the country in which it will be available. The key focus is on the content and the UI of the app. The app goes through a process of testing to check if the default language, date AND time format, currency, etc. are designed as per the targeted region.

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Difference between Functional Testing and Non-Functional Testing

Functional TestingNon-Functional Testing
Validates the actions and operations of an application.Verifies the performance of the application.
Focuses on user requirements.Focus on user expectations.
Executed before non-functional testing.Executed after functional testing.
Easy to define functional requirements.Difficult to define requirements for non-functional testing.
Eg., check login functionality.Eg: the page should load in one second.
Functional testing is easily executed by manual testing.Non-functional testing should be automated.

Conclusion

On average, an app loses 95% of new users after the first three months. This is because there is not enough focus on testing, and as a result the app has bugs. This can be avoided with a good strategy and tools to perform functional testing and non-functional testing on the apps. Cloudy has features which make functional testing and non-functional testing easy and quick. It is important for users as it saves them money and resources.

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Suyash is a content strategist at pCloudy. He is a frequent contributor to the world's leading mobile technology blogs and tech forums. In his spare time, you will find him reading detective novels, watching a documentary or exploring a new destination.

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iPhone 12 Launch, Features and Updates

The number of active users from last year released by apple showed that there are close to 1.4 billion people in the world that use an iPhone. The number is only growing and adding more revenue to innovate and come up with new products every now and then. A business that started from a garage by two college dropouts to a multinational technology company that boasts of a 2 trillion dollar net worth. Apple has definitely been breaking many milestones and continues to surprise its audience with its innovative technologies and products year on year. The recent launch on the 13th of Oct 2020 by Apple brought Christmas early for many Apple lovers.

The Launch

The pandemic sure didn’t disrupt that launch for Apple, as they ensured they had it streaming live over the internet for users and viewers to be part of the event. The CEO of Apple Tim Cook started the launch by announcing the new HomePod Mini, which is an affordable version of the HomePod smart speaker powered by Siri. The launch was streamed live from Apple Park, California on their website and YouTube as well. With over a 53million views in a week, the event was a sure success as many were in great anticipation for the “Hi, Speed.” event. Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 Line up and also the HomePod Mini as part of the event.

Products Unveiled

HomePod Mini

The first product that was unveiled at the launch event was the HomePod mini which was the affordable version of the Smart Speaker HomePod. The HomePod is likely to compete with the other smart speakers in the market like Google’s Nest Audio, and the Amazon Echo. The HomePod mini boasts of an elegant acoustic waveguide design that ensures a consistent 360 degrees sound experience with a Backlit Touch surface to control Volume, Play/Pause, and also to Illuminate on invoking Siri through voice recognition. The smart speaker comes with dynamic drivers that reduce sound distortion. The device is also equipped with passive radiators for improved bass response and immersive sound experience.

The performance of the speaker is sure to be great as they have used the Apple s5 Chip for computational Audio, the intelligent system also allows a stereo sound when two HomePod Minis are kept close to each other. The U1 Ultra Wideband Chip provides seamless connectivity with your iPhone when it is brought close to the device. In terms of the colors, the HomePod mini comes with the signature white and space grey color palettes and is priced at an affordable price of $99.00.

iPhone 12 Models

The event was aptly named “Hi, Speed.” to inaugurate and welcome the new way of communication, the 5G. Apple sure got the speed on point with the new phones to be compatible with the 5g speeds for improved performance, connectivity, and digital experience. The iPhone 12 series comes with an advanced chipset, with the introduction of the A14 Bionic chipset to ensure an accelerated improvement to help its functioning, performance, and improved camera performance. The iPhone 12 models range from the Mini to iPhone 12, to 12 Pro, and finally 12 Pro Max.

The Details

There aren’t many stark differences between the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. However, the Mini and Pro max vary a bit with the screen size and some specs. The iPhone 12 Mini is claimed to be “11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter than its predecessor, Apple is also claiming the Mini to be the “smallest, thinnest lightest 5G phone in the world”, with a screen size of 5.4 inches in the display. Apple has upgraded its display from the liquid retina LCD display to Super Retina XDR OLED screens. The upgrade is the same across all the phones barring the screen sizes. The upgrade has significantly bumped up the pixels to a number twice than that of the iPhone 11 with a pixel ratio of 2million:1. The A14 Chipset is set to help with Image Signal Processor across all the iPhone models for a better experience while capturing photos or videos.

The iPhone 12 and the Mini are equipped with Wide and Ultra-Wide Camera lenses that are enhanced for better performance under low light as well. The Mini and iPhone 12 are made of an aluminum frame with ceramic coating for better durability and design, they come in 5 colors – Black, White, Red, Green, and Blue and are priced at $699 for the Mini and $799 in the US.

The iPhone 12 and Pro possess a screen size of 6.1 inches, while the Pro Max boasts of a 6.7 inch display. Nonetheless, the Pro and Pro Max stand at higher ground compared to the Mini and the 12, as they are equipped with an additional 52mm third telephoto camera lens for elegant looking portrait shots. The Pro and Pro Max are also equipped with a Lidar Scanner to measure distances using the laser reflection technology, they also have better build quality, as they come with a surgical grade stainless steel Band and Backglass that are again coated with Ceramic for added durability and design. They are also more dust and water-resistant as the phones are equipped with IP68 standards. The Pro and Pro Max come in Silver, Graphite, Gold, and Pacific Blue color options to choose from and cost $999 and $1099 respectively.

The phone charging system has been upgraded with the MagSafe technology for Magnetic Charging. The charging module will need to be bought separately as it doesn’t come with the phone, the charging module can be used for other functions such as type-C connectivity. All the iPhone 12 models come with a Dolby Vision with video recording capabilities for a better video recording experience.

Done and Dusted

The event lasted for about an hour and to some extent was a bit predictive of the 5G compatibility. The event came to a close by announcing that the pre-order requests for the iPhone 12 and the Pro will start from Oct 16th and will be available in the market on the 23rd of October. However, for those looking to purchase the iPhone 12 Mini or the Pro Max, will have to wait a bit longer as they are set to be available in the market only by the 13th of Nov, for which the pre-order requests start only from the 6th of Nov.

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Summary of pCloudy’s New Pricing Plan

This summary should help you understand the key upgrades we have made in terms of the Pricing and Benefits. We hope this page is helpful and urge you to read it in full to take advantage of the new pricing terms.

A Snapshot of the Pricing Plan Changes

The earlier pricing model was tailored in a way that you pay for the amount of usage. However, we have realised that it started to become difficult for enterprises to manage the credits and pay for additional minutes every time. And so, we rolled out the new pricing model to take away the hassle of credit and usage management.

The New Pricing Regime gives you access to unlimited device usage without having to worry about the minutes of usage. You will simply need to pay for the number of users who will access the platform to provide them with unlimited access to the different types of Testing.

Pricing Plan

The Pricing plan is divided into two main segments namely the Mobile and Web App Testing. You can choose your plans and pay for them based on your needs. Choosing from various options of Parallel Live Sessions to Automated Testing makes it all the more easy to plan budgets according to your needs.


What Are Parallel Live Sessions?

Parallel live sessions are designed to provide you an option to run multiple testing sessions simultaneously. For example, if you avail a 10 parallel session plan, 10 team members can run live test sessions at the same time or a single user can run 10 live testing sessions parallelly.



Mobile App Testing

We have upgraded the access to unlimited device usage on our platform. This gives you the benefit to access all the devices available on the Cloud which was earlier restricted to a particular plan.


Mobile App Live Testing

The Pay-As-You-Go model has been upgraded from buying just a few minutes of testing to unlimited usage to meet your testing requirements through the subscription model. Now you can opt to choose the number of parallel live sessions depending on your feasibility and needs with unlimited functional app testing minutes.

Mobile App Automated Testing

On the automation front, we have extended the limit of the number of parallel test-runs that you can run on our platform. With the Automated Testing plan, you get all the benefits of automated testing and also additional features of Live Testing to run both the unlimited automation testing and Live Testing.

Web Testing

Our new feature launch of the Browser Cloud Lab gives you access to a diverse range of Browsers and their versions to perform cross-browser testing of your Web-Apps. Now you are no more limited to real mobile devices, but can also access browsers to check and assess the performance of your web-apps at ease.

Web Testing is segregated into two buckets of live and automated testing.


Live Web Testing

pCloudy’s Live Web Testing provides you with access to real Mac and Windows computer systems where you can run unlimited functional testing runs through unlimited user logins. You can opt to access and run 10 parallel live sessions on a variety of browsers, browser versions, and screen resolutions.

Automated Web Testing

We have made it easier for users to run their Automation scripts through our Automated Web Testing platform. The new pricing plan has enabled us to release unlimited automation minutes for your automated web testing needs. The new plan allows you to opt-in for parallel test runs. A 5 parallel live session plan would allow you to run your automation scripts on 5 different browsers or systems at the same time and give you access to 5 parallel devices for automation.

How do Parallel Live Sessions work for Browser Cloud?

Parallel live sessions help you run multiple testing sessions simultaneously. For example, if you avail a 5 parallel session plan, 5 team members can run live browser test sessions at the same time or a single user can run 5 live browser testing sessions on different browsers or systems parallelly.


How does the Free Trial Work?

If you are new to the field and would like to explore pCloudy’s testing platform, we give you free unlimited access to explore all the features on the platform upon signup. Once you have validated your contact details you will additionally receive free 180 Mobile App testing minutes and 60 Browser App Testing minutes to run your tests for free.

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Existing Users can benefit from unlimited access to devices that are available to run tests for an unlimited period of time through the New Pricing Plan. The hassle of worrying about credit management between users is out of the question as you welcome this new change and take advantage of the New Pricing Plan.

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10 Best iOS App Development Tips

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Did you know that there are nearly 1.8 million apps listed on the App Store for users to explore and make use of? And nearly 10% of these iOS apps are classified into business apps securing second place leaving games at the top with 21%. With many businesses, game developers, eCommerce ventures, fashion industries, etc, striving to venture out into the digital space; the need for high-quality iOS apps has become a necessity in today’s day and age. The power of developing an iOS app that is successful and purposeful gives you an option to interact with the customers directly. iOS app development is the way forward for many that want to tap into the millions of users that avail of its services on Apple devices. Mobile app marketing is setting the tone for a new way of advertising that companies are leveraging to level the playing field. While social media marketing and digital advertising seem to be gaining momentum, reaching audiences through app marketing seems to be taking shape as well. The future of mobile app marketing makes it all the more important for developers to ace the skill of app development to get ahead in the game.

iOS App Development

The high demand for mobile apps has raised the standard of iOS app development. The need for designing apps that look sleek and perform fast has always been a daunting goal of many iOS app developers. When building an iOS app, it is important to not just create apps that look good but also build them to ensure smooth functionality in fulfilling the requirements. The stringent app guidelines and the rigorous quality checks that are set by Apple makes it all the more difficult for developers to develop iOS apps that make the cut and become App Store worthy. Hence, It is crucial to assess the performance of the iOS app at every stage of the development process. The response time of the app and the speed at which it functions are a few other vital components that play an important role in qualifying to be listed on the App Store. Providing a practical application-based solution for the requirements of the stakeholders is more important now than ever before due to the changing environment.

Here are a few iOS app development tips that are trialed and tested to be beneficial when developing high performing iOS apps.

  1. Planning and Market Research
  2. Before you jump straight into writing the code for the app, it is advisable to understand the requirements thoroughly to chart out a plan for app development. Performing an extensive market research to ideate a unique offering to the customers’ needs is sure to save you a lot of time that you may have spent reworking a plan if you were unprepared. Conducting a thorough app research about the requirements at hand will equip you to not only build an app that meets the needs but also will help you avert duplication of any sort.

    Plan your app well, think about the target audience, chart out the requirements and ask all the questions needed before you initiate the iOS app development.

  3. Stick to a Simple Design
  4. The mind of a developer generally wanders off to different tangents to build an app that overachieves the requirements. While most of the thought processes would be directed at adding additional features to the solution; most times these additional features become additional baggage of complexity to a simple solution. This in turn leaves the users confused of its usability and functionality. Designing a seamless UX/UI that speaks simplicity enables users to get around the app comfortably for its utility. Designing an app that addresses the key problem area tends to attract growth organically. The mantra is to take a simplistic approach to address the requirements of the app users and not complicate things.

    Designing a seamless UX/UI that speaks simplicity enables users to get around the app comfortably and use it with ease.

  5. Spend Time on the Fundamentals
  6. Brushing up your basics often is sure to set you on the path to developing apps faster. Getting your fundamentals in place, diving into algorithms, inheritance, polymorphism, and data structures are sure to enhance the use of the software fundamentals for building applications faster in the future. Every tool that you use to develop iOS apps be it Xcode, CocoaPods, Alcatraz, etc surely have shortcuts that you can take advantage of to speed up your build time.

    Taking the time to learn various commands and shortcut keys are an added advantage that will put you on the fast-lane to become proficient at iOS app development.

  7. Use Storyboard for Transitions
  8. A storyboard is an outlandish feature that provides an overview of the apps’ user interface on a screen. The beauty of this feature is captured in its capacity to help with designing multiple controller views on a single screen. Using the storyboard would not only provide you a roadmap of your prototype but also gives you the liberty to design your transitions between the view controllers. Talking about designing the content around the app, it is fundamental for app developers to stick to the principles of depth, clarity, and deference.

    Storyboarding will ensure that your users get an immersive experience as they navigate through screens and follow the instructions that are thoughtfully constructed for a seamless functionality of the app.

  9. Don’t Block Main Thread, Use Git early
  10. Another best practice that is followed by most iOS app developers is adopting Git at an early stage. Using Git early is sure to help with your build in a significant way especially if the app that you are designing is a combined collaborative effort. Using Git early makes it easy to roll back the changes when things go south. It also allows you to view any changes that may have been made to the code by others. Also, blocking the main code by performing app development tasks on it would make the app seem unresponsive, it is best to refrain from working on the main code as the UIKit constantly runs functions like drawing, touch functionality, and input functions on it.

    Hampering with the main code could become a recipe for disaster leading the app to perform poorly and attract dreadful reviews on the App Store.

  11. Swift and Objective-C
  12. Many app developers switching to Swift for creating applications has left the iOS app development industry in a dilemma. While the use of Swift has an edge over Objective-C, it sure has its set of audience that still favor the latter. Although Swift is an easier programming language that new coders can learn and pick up without much knowledge of additional code, a majority of the iOS programming community speaks the language of Objective-C for their iOS app development needs. Swift encapsulates a ton of advantages that is beneficial to paving the future of iOS app development and builds. It is still a work in progress and is consistently evolving with the changing needs of the app industry. Learning Swift is surely an advantage considering the future of app development.

    Learn new programming languages like Swift which are easier and intuitive but also make an effort to be well versed with a widely used language like Objective – C to make the best use when the need arises.

  13. Ensure Compatibility
  14. A crucial factor that you need to keep in mind while building an iOS app is its compatibility with different iOS versions. Running tests to ensure compatibility across devices on cloud-based testing platforms gives you the option to perform your tests on multiple devices running different iOS versions conveniently and effectively. It is advisable to optimize the apps to run smoothly on all iOS versions to ensure a maximum user-base.

    Optimizing your app to perform well on different iOS versions is sure to fetch some brownie points to the apps’ success journey as you accommodate both the new and the old iOS versions.

  15. Streamlined interaction through Social Network Integration
  16. One of the best features that you can include while developing and iOS app is the Social Network integration which allows you to streamline the interaction between the mobile app to the web app or the website. Developing this feature on the mobile app would surely help businesses engage with their users better through customizing their offerings to a particular geography or demography. Users would find it easy to use an app on their phone and pick up from where they left off on other devices that are in sync with the particular user account. The social network integration would allow the developers to diversify their tools for a future offering as well.

    Integrating social networking platforms to the app would enable businesses to curate offerings to customers based on their interests, demographics, and geographies.

  17. Traffic Management
  18. Prevention is better than cure. With the right tools and features in place for the app’s success, it is the responsibility of the developers to ensure that the app does not crash. Optimizing the memory usage, or timely updates to cater to the OS updates are a few of the vital elements to keep in mind. Putting systems in place for the app to function smoothly even when marketing efforts direct traffic toward the app should keep it going with a hassle. The last thing you want is for the app to crash during these promotional campaigns or marketing events.

    Make sure that your app is optimized to handle the traffic during any promotional events or marketing campaigns, because an app that crashes during a sale is no good at all.

  19. Thorough Testing
  20. The App is only as good as its functionality and performance. Assessing the app’s performance by conducting several tests multiple times will ensure a successful launch/release. Making sure that the iOS app achieves the requirements on different devices will secure a pivotal standing in the market gaps that it fills. Since Apple performs a much more rigorous assessment on the app as compared to the Google Play store, it is advisable to perform continuous testing at every stage of the iOS app development to monitor its functionality and make changes accordingly.

    Testing for functionality, UI, compatibility, security, etc in different environments and devices running different iOS versions will ensure high quality and ROI on its release.

Apps when done right are sure to be on the path to success. However, in order to design an app that is successful, you will need to constantly plan, develop, integrate and test rigorously using continuous testing methods to save time on releasing the app at the earliest. App development can be a tedious task at first, however, with the right mindset, tools, and tricks up your sleeve you are sure to make it an enjoyable one. A pro tip would be to explore cloud-based continuous testing platforms like pCloudy for testing your iOS app on different devices before you submit it to the App Store for review. Ensuring that the iOS app that you built goes through a continuous testing process will ensure a quicker debugging and faster release cycle. We hope this was beneficial and wish you the best on your iOS app development journeys.

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Android 11 Devices available for app testing on pCloudy

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October 13, 2020
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Android 11 Devices available for app testing on pCloudy

Google has announced Android 11 roll out for select Pixel phones, as well as flagship smartphone models from Xiaomi, Oppo, OnePlus, and Realme. The manufacturers are releasing final beta ROMs based on Android 11 for their individual UIs. Google informed that the update brings changes to improve multitasking, and give users more control over their privacy with one-time app permissions. It also brings built-in screen recording to Android. The new Android 11 comes with many changes but the developers and QA needs to make sure that their app is compatible with the new Android version.

The most effective way to test the compatibility of apps with the latest Android is by testing them on pCloudy devices that have been updated to Android 11. Currently we have Google Pixel devices that are updated to the latest Android version. The new Android OS comes with changes in conversation notification, chat bubbles, media controls, smart device controls, etc. Let’s dive deeper into the updates to understand them better.

Screen recorder

There are plenty of apps on the Google Play Store that will record your phone’s screen. Android 11 might seem a bit late to the party, but it’s still exciting as there is one less app you’ll need to download. The screen recorder function lives in the Quick Settings tiles. You tap the Screen Record feature which gives you a few options before you start recording. For example, you can choose whether or not your screen-taps should also be recorded and whether the phone should capture audio, too. The whole thing is very simplistic, but it gets the job done.

Chat bubbles

Chat bubbles were planned for Android 10 but they faded into the background when the stable version of the OS launched. Now chat bubbles are here in Android 11 and taking centre stage. If you’ve ever used Facebook Messenger on Android, you already know how chat bubbles work. With Messenger, a “chat head” appears on your phone that overlays on top of pretty much every other app. A quick tap of the icon launches the chat and then you can minimize the chat back to an icon. You can remove the chat head until the next conversation starts. This is exactly how the system-wide bubble feature works, with the only major difference being that it can work for any chat app, not just Messenger or other apps that have a similar design.

Dark Theme Scheduling

Google finally introduced a native dark mode to Android 10 last year. However, it was fairly simplistic: it was either on or off. Meanwhile, Android skins from other manufacturers allow users to control when and why dark mode should be activated. With Android 11, users can now schedule the dark theme using one of two different metrics. Users can schedule a dark theme to turn on or off when the sun sets or rises. Users can also set up a custom schedule for dark mode activation if you wish.

Wireless Android Auto

Till now your phone had to be plugged in to use Android Auto. But in Android 11, every smartphone running the OS can take advantage of wireless Android Auto connections. The only limitation will be that the head unit in your car will need to support the feature. Obviously, this will still be a hefty limitation for folks who own cars that are a few years old, but it will start the transition towards every Android Auto experience eventually being totally wireless.

Share sheet

There is no doubt that Android’s sharing system was a mess. Thankfully, it is about to get more useful with Android 11. You can now pin apps to your share sheet in order to easily access them whenever you want to share something. This feature allows users to control which apps appear at the top of the list when you want to share something. Android’s current system of presenting apps in an order that it determines is confusing.

Improved voice access

By turning on voice access, you can simply tell your Android phone what to do using the power of Google Assistant. With Android 10, though, certain functions required you to voice-activate numbered on-screen elements. For example, you would say “Tap 4” while using the Twitter app to compose a new tweet (every link on the page would have a small number next to it). Now, though, you could say, “Open Twitter, compose tweet,” making your interactions with the phone much more fluid and natural. While this will only be helpful for a minority of users, it shows how Google is taking accessibility within Android very seriously.

Conclusion

To wrap it up, there are many minor changes in the new Android OS and many apps might get affected from the updates. This is why it is required to test the apps on the devices loaded with Android 11. This will ensure that the app works fine on different devices and also on different OS versions. So instead of buying the flagship devices on which the latest Android is available, you can just login to the pCloudy platform and test your app on real devices. It’s much more efficient as there is no issue of sharing the devices with other team members and you can perform manual and automated tests from anywhere, anytime.

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Browser Cloud: Scale Cross Browser Testing To Deliver Quality Desktop Web Apps

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Most of the businesses have websites as the primary source of branding and communication. This is why they are looking for testing platforms that can improve the overall performance of the website and make an impactful first impression to gain a huge customer base. pCloudy has launched a groundbreaking feature called browser cloud, where you can test desktop web apps on real Windows/Mac machines. Testing your website in pCloudy’s browser cloud will ensure a stable and responsive user interface to provide a great digital experience.

The factors that mostly obstruct the smooth functioning of a website are the various combinations of browsers, operating systems, and devices available in the market. To perform cross-browser testing on various combinations can be difficult as you might have to set up a device lab. pCloudy’s browser cloud consists of a gamut of OS, browser, and device combinations which will easily facilitate browser compatibility testing. Also, pCloudy being a cloud platform that is ideal for parallel testing increases the speed of testing web applications by multiple folds.

Once you login to pCloudy, you just need to select the browsers tab and you will see all the devices with their OS versions and pre-installed browser versions. You can change the resolution of the screen and take screenshots of the issues that you find on the website. Testing websites on local networks is also possible through the Wildnet tool available in the browser cloud. These are some of the features which make pCloudy highly recommendable for testing and developing high-performance web applications. Enterprises are focusing on providing quality multi-experience to their customers. pCloudy is a great platform where you can test mobile apps, desktop web apps, and leverage integrations to deliver a quality experience through multiple channels.

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Automation testing challenges and their solutions

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Automation testing challenges and their solutions

Automation testing can be a highly effective productivity booster, and a quality enhancer for your product pipeline or system development projects if done correctly. But it can be difficult to apply best practices when a team is just starting this transformation. We’ll shed light on the most common challenges that face teams as they pursue automation efforts and also how to overcome these challenges.

Let’s have a look at the most prevalent automation testing challenges:

Selecting a suitable automation testing approach

It’s vital for testers to find an appropriate test automation approach. In order to do so, they need to find answers to important questions like how to reduce the effort in both implementation and maintenance of test script and test suite? How to generate useful test reports and metrics? Will automation test suites be having a long lifetime? In agile development, the app under test often changes through development cycles. So designing and implementing automation test suites to correctly identify these changes and keep up-to-date quickly with reasonable maintenance effort is necessary. It is ideal to have a test automation solution that can detect these issues to automatically update and re-validate the test without any human intervention.

Choosing the right automation tools

Selecting the right automation tools can be problematic for QA teams because either their tools of choice don’t offer 100% test coverage or the cost of tools exceeds their test budget or maybe they lack the expertise to make the most of a specific tool. If your team doesn’t know how to use a tool, you can buy an online course for your testers, or hire a consultant who can help your team master it. Reach out to the testing community if you’re still looking for the right automation tool – forums like Stack Exchange are a rich source of information.

Sometimes your tool might not do everything you need. In that case, you should start searching for multi-tool solutions that cover areas critical to your team. If the tool you found is way out of your budget, just prepare a cost vs. benefit analysis and present your case to the executive team. An analysis of expenses coming from bugs that would have been solved if you had the right tool in place is bound to work to your favor.

Rigorous lab management

There are still teams that prefer to build and maintain their own labs. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But, in-house labs are hard to manage and they are expensive. With new operating systems, devices, and browser versions consistently being released, labs can quickly become out of date. As a result, teams can spend a lot of time maintaining and running their lab as opposed to testing. Having a cloud-based lab is key for continuous testing unless there are some special testing requirements/scenarios with IoT, special networking (especially in the Telco space), etc.

Sorting through all the data

DevOps automation results in a huge influx of data that needs to be reviewed and analyzed. Teams often find they are swimming in a sea of data made up of log files, architects, and test results. However, this data does contain a lot of useful information. The challenge is actually spotting it. For example, insights from data can inform R&D teams on what fixes need to be made. Making sense of all the data is a big undertaking for many teams, especially those that are not equipped with the right tools.

To achieve fast feedback, you need to be able to sort through the noise. Today, the reality of CI/CD is that it requires teams to execute in minutes and analyze in minutes, understanding where the problem is. Using test analytics can help you understand the problem and avoid it.

Knowing when to begin and stop testing

That’s a very difficult question all test managers face at some point. Hopefully, by that time they know how to judge the importance of testing processes that have been carried out. But the start is just as important. You don’t want to initiate automated testing right at the wrong stage of your software’s life cycle. That’s just a loss of resources. Start with manual testing – your engineers will be able to tell when the system is stable enough and ready for automated testing.

How to overcome these challenges?

Whether a tester is an automation ninja or a manual tester with basic knowledge of the business flow, the tools should be agonistic to the level of the user. Ultimately these tools will allow manual testers to begin executing automation while advanced testers can focus on higher priority tests. This refers to the ability to successfully scale test automation operations. The solution should offer capabilities that help teams take a small, locally-run test and expand it across multiple platforms, devices, and browsers. This ensures the right scale and coverage.

In today’s competitive world, teams need to have the ability to conduct a test anywhere, at any time. A comprehensive solution to this need would be to provide open access to the lab and equip teams with the right tools to run and perform tests. This ultimately helps them be adaptable and keep pace with the new releases. To achieve success with continuous testing and automation, teams need to be able to effectively see clear and accurate test results quickly. What’s more, they need to identify problems quickly. Remember, automation creates noise and false negatives, so teams need to be able to sort through this to provide the necessary evidence. The only way to successfully address the top challenges in automation testing is to use a solution that combines the four components listed above. If a solution is missing one of the components, a critical part of the continuous testing process is lost. What’s more, there is a good chance team will spend a significant amount of money accounting for gaps or compromising quality.

Conclusion

These are not the only challenges in automation testing. There are other challenges also as lack of collaboration and skills. But those challenges are not hard to overcome. Whether we talk about mobile automation testing challenges or Selenium automation challenges for web apps, cloud-based testing is the solution. It gives you the flexibility and scalability needed to deliver a quality product in less time.

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pCloudy Launches QR Code Testing Feature

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pCloudy Launches QR Code Testing Feature

Technology and innovation are two sides of the same coin. Technology is the power that lets the mankind turn ideas into reality within no time. At pCloudy, the power of innovation has led us to stay aligned and be in pace with the dynamics of the mobile app industry. We cannot afford to let our customers stay deprived of any technological advancements happening in mobile app testing. Once again we are back with another new feature called QR code scanner and we are proud to announce that it is already launched on our platform.

Nowadays many mobile applications use QR code scanners for a product or user identification. The QR Code scanning feature in pCloudy enables users to test the QR code feature through mobile applications on multiple devices present in pCloudy. This feature ensures the smooth functioning of the QR code function present in the mobile application. To use this feature, all you need to do is upload the mobile app under test, a QR code image file, and with the help of some simple steps, you can smoothly perform testing of the QR code scanning function of your mobile application.

Test QR Code
The app will scan the injected QR code. You can scan multiple QR codes while testing your app on different mobile devices. So from now on you can easily perform QR code testing in pCloudy. This feature is supported on Android 5.0 devices and later versions. Supported QR Code file formats are .png,.jpeg and jpg.

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Top 10 Test Automation Frameworks in 2020

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Top 10 Test Automation Frameworks in 2020

We are moving toward a future where everything is going to be autonomous, fast and highly efficient. To match the pace of this fast-moving ecosystem, application delivery times will have to be accelerated, but not at the cost of quality. Achieving quality at speed is imperative and therefore quality assurance gets a lot of attention. To fulfill the demands for exceptional quality and faster time to market, automation testing will assume priority. It is becoming necessary for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to automate their testing processes. But the most crucial aspect is to choose the right test automation framework. So let’s understand what a test automation framework is.

What is a Test Automation Framework?


A test automation framework is the scaffolding that is laid to provide an execution environment for the automation test scripts. The framework provides the user with various benefits that help them to develop, execute and report the automation test scripts efficiently. It is more like a system that was created specifically to automate our tests. In a very simple language, we can say that a framework is a constructive blend of various guidelines, coding standards, concepts, processes, practices, project hierarchies, modularity, reporting mechanism, test data injections etc. to pillar automation testing. Thus, the user can follow these guidelines while automating applications to take advantage of various productive results.

The advantages can be in different forms like the ease of scripting, scalability, modularity, understandability, process definition, re-usability, cost, maintenance etc. Thus, to be able to grab these benefits, developers are advised to use one or more of the Test Automation Framework. Moreover, the need of a single and standard Test Automation Framework arises when you have a bunch of developers working on the different modules of the same application and when we want to avoid situations where each of the developers implements his/her approach towards automation. So let’s have a look at different types of test automation frameworks.

Types of Automated Testing Frameworks


Now that we have a basic idea about Automation Frameworks, let’s check out the various types of Test Automation Frameworks available in the marketplace. There is a divergent range of Automation Frameworks available nowadays. These frameworks may differ from each other based on their support to different key factors to do automation like reusability, ease of maintenance etc.

Types of test automation frameworks:

  1. Module Based Testing Framework
  2. Library Architecture Testing Framework
  3. Data Driven Testing Framework
  4. Keyword Driven Testing Framework
  5. Hybrid Testing Framework
  6. Behavior Driven Development Framework
  7. types of automation frameworks

Benefits of a Test Automation Framework


Apart from the minimal manual intervention required in automation testing, there are many advantages of using a test automation framework. Some of them are listed below:

  1. Faster time-to-market: Using a good test automation framework helps reduce the time-to-market of an application by allowing constant execution of test cases. Once automated, the test library execution is faster and runs longer than manual testing.
  2. Earlier detection of defects: The documentation of software defects becomes considerably easier for the testing teams. It increases the overall development speed while ensuring correct functionality across areas. The earlier a defect is identified, the more cost-effective it is to resolve the issue.
  3. Improved Testing efficiency: Testing takes up a significant portion of the overall development lifecycle. Even the slightest improvement of the overall efficiency can make an enormous difference to the entire timeframe of the project. Although the setup time takes longer initially, automated tests eventually take up a significantly lesser amount of time. They can be run virtually unattended, leaving the results to be monitored toward the end of the process.
  4. Better ROI: while the initial investment may be on the higher side, automated testing saves organizations many a lot of money. This is due to the drop in the amount of time required to run tests, which leads to a higher quality of work. This in turn decreases the necessity for fixing glitches after release, thereby reducing project costs.
  5. Higher test coverage: In test automation, higher number of tests can be executed pertaining to an application. This leads to a higher test coverage, which in a manual testing approach would imply a massive team, limited heavily with their amount of time. An increased test coverage leads to testing more features and a better quality of application.
  6. Reusability of automated tests: The repetitive nature of test cases in test automation helps software developers to assess program reaction, in addition to the relatively easy configuration of their setup. Automated test cases can be utilized through different approaches as they are reusable.

Top ten test automation frameworks


1. Robot Framework
Robot Framework is the best choice if you want to use a python test automation framework for your test automation efforts. The Robot Framework is Python-based, but you can also use Jython(Java) or IronPython(.NET). The Robot Framework uses a keyword-driven approach to make tests easy to create. Robot Framework can also test MongoDB, FTP, Android, Appium and more. It has many test libraries including Selenium WebDriver library and other useful tools. It has a lot of API’s to help make it as extensible as possible. The keyword approach used by Robot Framework is great for testers who are already familiar with other vendor-based, keyword-driven test tools, making the transition to open source much easier for them.

2. WebdriverIO
WebdriverIO is an automation test framework based in Node.js. It has an integrated test runner and you can run automation tests for web applications as well as native mobile apps. Also, it can run both on the WebDriver protocol and Chrome Devtools protocol, making it efficient for both Selenium Webdriver based cross-browser testing or Chromium based automation. As WebDriverIO is open source, you get a bunch of plugins for your automation needs. ‘Wdio setup wizard’ makes the setup simple and easy.

3. Citrus
Citrus is an open-source framework with which you can automate integration tests for any messaging protocol or data format. For any kind of messaging transport such as REST, HTTP, SOAP, or JMS, Citrus framework will be suited for test messaging integration. If you need to interact with a user interface and then verify a back-end process, you can integrate Citrus with Selenium. For instance, if you have to click on a “send email” button and verify on the back end that the email was received, Citrus can receive this email or the JMS communication triggered by the UI, and verify the back-end results, all in one test.

4. Cypress
Cypress is a developer-centric test automation framework that makes test-driven development (TDD) a reality for developers. Its design principle was to be able to package and bundle everything together to make the entire end-to-end testing experience pleasant and simple. Cypress has a different architecture than Selenium; while Selenium WebDriver runs remotely outside the browser, Cypress runs inside of it. This approach helps in understanding everything that happens inside and outside the browser to deliver more consistent results. It does not require you to deal with object serialization or over-the-wire protocols while giving you native access to every object. Cypress can synchronously notify you of every single thing that happens inside the browser as you’re pulling your app into it, so that you have native access to every DOM element. It also makes it easy to simply drop a debugger into your application, which in turn makes it easier to use the developer tools.

5. Selenium
One of the most popular open source test automation frameworks for web apps. Selenium also serves as a base for a lot of other testing tools as it has cross-platform and cross-browser functionality. Selenium supports a wide range of programming languages such as Java, C#, PHP, Python, Ruby, etc. It is easy to maintain as it has one of the largest online support networks. Selenium is highly extendable through a wide range of libraries and APIs to meet everyone’s needs and requirements. Selenium is preferred by testers as it is possible to write more advanced test scripts to meet various levels of complexity. It provides a playback tool for test authoring without the need to learn a specific scripting language.

6. Cucumber
It is a cross platform behavior driven development (BDD) tool which is used to write acceptance tests for web applications. Cucumber is quick and easy to set up an execution and allows reusing code in the tests. It supports languages like Python, PHP, Perl, .NET, Scala, Groovy, etc. Automation of functional validation in easily readable and understandable format. One good feature is that both specification and test documentation are uploaded in a single up-to-date document. Cucumber makes it easy for the business stakeholders, who are not familiar with testing, as they can easily read the code as test reports are written in business readable English. The code can be used together with other frameworks like Selenium, Watir, Capybara, etc.

7. Gauge
It is an open source tool agnostic test automation framework for Mac, Linux and Windows. People who work on TDD and BDD will appreciate Gauge’s focus on creating living/executable documentation. Specs – the Gauge automation tests are written using a markdown language with C#, Java and Ruby within your existing IDEs like Visual Studio and Eclipse. Gauge’s functionality can also be extended with its support of plugins. It was developed as a BYOT (Bring Your Own Tool) framework. So you can use Selenium or you can use anything else for driving your tests UI or API tests. If you want a readable non-BDD approach to automation, you should try Gauge.

8. Serenity
If you are looking for a Java-based framework that integrates with behavior-driven development (BDD) tools such as Cucumber and JBehave, Serenity might be the tool for you. It’s designed to make writing automated acceptance and regression tests easier. It also lets you keep your test scenarios at a high level while accommodating lower-level implementation details in your reports.

Serenity acts as a wrapper on top of Selenium WebDriver and BDD tools. It abstracts away much of the boilerplate code you sometimes need to write to get started which makes writing BDD and Selenium tests easier. Serenity also offers plenty of built-in functionality, such as handling running tests in parallel, WebDriver management, taking screenshots, managing state between steps, facilitating Jira integration, all without having to write a single line of code.

9. Carina
Carina is built using popular open-source solutions like Appium, TestNG and Selenium, which reduces dependence on a specific technology stack. You can test mobile applications (native, web, hybrid), WEB applications, REST services, and databases. Carina framework supports different types of databases like MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, providing amazing experience of DAO layer implementation using MyBatis ORM framework. It supports all popular browsers and mobile devices and it reuses test automation code between IOS/Android up to 80%. API testing is based on the Freemarker template engine and it provides great flexibility in generating REST requests. Carina is cross-platform and tests may be easily executed both on Unix or Windows OS.

10. EarlGray
Developers often face difficulty with some of the existing test automation framework in synchronization of the app and the instrumentation. Also, executing tests on apps as synchronized and advanced only when UI elements are visible on the screen has caused issues for many developers. Google EarlGrey has built-in synchronization that makes test scripts wait for UI events to occur before the script tries to interact with the UI of the app. This type of implementation makes the test script concise as all steps of the test script shows how the test will proceed and UI gets synchronized with it. One more key aspect of EarlGrey is that all actions on UI elements happen only on visible elements. This provides a fast and robust approach to ensure UI testing goes through as clicks, gestures and other user interactions do not get done if the UI element is not fully shown.

In a nutshell


This list of top tools here represents the best tools that are mature, popular, and provide test automation capabilities using AI/ML to address the challenges that organizations are now facing to deliver Quality at Speed. This list also includes the tools that provide API and services testing which is essential for successful DevOps transformation. The emerging technologies like AI, codeless, big data and IoT testing, are making test automation more efficient while creating opportunities for the existing tools and new players to assert value to the testing communities.

The choice of automation tools should not only meet your current needs but should also focus on potential trends and improvements. An efficient test automation tool should support basic optimization, data generation, smarter solutions, and analytics. As of now, the level of test automation in organizations is low at between 14% and 18%. But organizations are working towards increasing the automation coverage upto 80%. API and services testing is also a trend that should see further development in the future.

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Celebrating pCloudy’s Accomplishments

Suyash Dubey
By Suyash Dubey
August 11, 2020
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Celebrating pCloudy’s Accomplishments

Since pCloudy’s inception, we have been committed to providing the best in class mobile app testing platform equipped with unique features. We have had some hurdles in our journey but we always manage to overcome the challenges. The sense of accomplishment gives us a reason to celebrate the hard work that we put to achieve our goal. In pCloudy, often the dedication and hard work of our team is rewarded in many forms. There is a famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi“Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stage of drudgery and triumph: a beginning, a struggle, and a victory.” In a short span of time, we have achieved a lot while we are paving our way to a bright future. So let’s catch a glimpse of all that we have accomplished in the recent past.

Accredited in multiple Gartner reports

The latest report – How to Build an Effective Remote Testing Competency, by Jim Scheibmeir, Thomas Murphy, and Joachim Herschmann indicates that enterprises are adopting remote software testing more than ever. The report also shows how remote testing clouds, like pCloudy, are helping application leaders build a remote-software quality competency by optimizing access and collaboration, investing in test environments, and keeping their promises to the business.
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Another Gartner report – Market Guide for Mobile App Test Automation Tools, by Maritess Sobejana and Adrian Leow elaborates on how mobile apps are critical to digital business transformation initiatives but create a demand for test automation of mobile-specific functions to deliver high-quality apps faster. The report suggests pCloudy as a vendor to help mobile app development leaders with their testing efforts.

Recognized at the most trusted review platforms

pCloudy has got 4.7 stars rating with highly appreciative reviews on Gartner peer insights. This has been made possible due to the high level of support and services we have provided to our clients. Our developers and automation team have pushed all the boundaries to ensure we deliver the quality solution as quickly as possible.


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G2 Crowd has recognized pCloudy as a high performer in mobile app testing and test automation quadrant in 2019. There are many quality standards that need to be met to get into the high performer category. pCloudy was acknowledged as a high performer with a 4.6 stars rating by G2Crowd due to the trust and rapport we maintain with our clients.



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Rising as a known brand

Brand exposure is essential for any business to sustain and thrive. Our marketing team had put in a lot of efforts to make pCloudy is a known brand in the mobile app testing space. pCloudy was the buzz-word in some leading software testing events and we got a chance to become the event sponsor for QAI-STC where Avinash Tiwari (Co-founder, pCloudy) was the keynote speaker.


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We got a great response at the STeP-IN summit where pCloudy was the Exhibitor Sponsor of the conference and software professionals from across the globe were curious to learn and try our product. Another event that proved to be a success to us was the DOPPA Summit 2020 where pCloudy was the Gold sponsor of the event and we showcased our platform in front of industry leaders and software professionals. pCloudy was the official sponsor of the Techwell Starwest conference held at California. The event was quite instrumental in getting good brand exposure in the US and expanding our clientele.



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Key product milestones

The year 2020 started on a positive note as pCloudy touched the 100K registrations mark. Recently we took another big leap by establishing our 3rd data center in Singapore. The new data center will help us to provide the best in class services to our users in South East Asia.



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Talking about the features, pCloudy is the first to introduce Audio Interaction testing that enables users to test their app using the Audio in/out function in the devices. This is a big development and it will help in testing voice-enabled apps. Another feature, i.e., QR code verification has been one of the most demanded features for pCloudy that enable users to scan a QR code or a barcode on any Android device present on the pCloudy platform. To use the feature, users need an application under test which supports QR code scanning and a QR code file (test QR codes).


pCloudy now has an inbuilt object spy through which you can run the inspector sessions directly on Android and iOS devices. One big advantage is its bilateral view which makes it easy for users to click on any element on one side and view the details on the other side. Also, the generated code can be copied for future use. Wildnet is another unique feature in pCloudy that enables our users to test private or internal servers on any Android or iOS devices present on pCloudy. For this, you just need to download the executables for OS (Mac, Linux, Windows) on your local machine, Then fetch the user name and API access key for your pCloudy account settings and use it in the terminal to build a link between a device in pCloudy and your internal staging server.


Apart from this, we have been ahead of our competitors in providing the latest iPhones and other flagship phones like the Samsung Fold with the latest Android/iOS versions. Our developers and automation engineers work day and night to provide support for the latest Appium releases, enabling our users to perform automation testing conveniently and at a faster pace.

Growing readership and followers

As we grow in popularity, we have witnessed tremendous growth in the user base and the total device hours utilized by our clients also crossed the 1 Million mark. There are many factors behind this growth like a quality product, 24/7 support, competitive pricing, etc. With more than 25K social media followers, we have built an ever-growing pCloudy community that helps us enrich our product and provide better services. We provide solutions to 30+ Fortune 500 companies with data centers located at 3 different strategic locations around the world.


pCloudy is integrated with more than 20 tools and frameworks that enhance the testing and automation experience. pCloudy’s manual and automation certification course is also gaining popularity with over 2000 registrations, as it helps users to understand the product and perform testing effortlessly.

The road ahead

Our team is committed to delivering the best solution to our customers and reaching new heights. We have a long lineup of amazing features under development that we will release soon. After all, we have to beat the trend to be ahead in the competition. We will keep providing the best possible support to our customers and help them in their digital transformation efforts.

Suyash Dubey
Suyash Dubey

Suyash is a content strategist at pCloudy. He is a frequent contributor to the world's leading mobile technology blogs and tech forums. In his spare time, you will find him reading detective novels, watching a documentary or exploring a new destination.

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