A Device Lab helps the Mobile QA Process

Mobile QA can be a convoluted and complex process, as we’ve noted before. Mobile platforms, especially the ubiquitous Android, typically contain a multitude of devices and operating system versions. Even the relative “walled-garden” of iOS isn’t immune to this issue.

While emulators help QA professionals somewhat deal with the differences in device types and OS versions, they really aren’t a replacement for the real thing. Testing on an actual piece of hardware remains the best way to truly benchmark a mobile app’s performance. Any mobile QA shop would benefit from setting up a device lab to handle app and website testing on hardware.

With better mobile software testing in mind, let’s take a closer look at building a mobile QA device lab.

Acquiring Mobile Devices for Hardware Testing

It is important to acquire a wide array of devices for your mobile QA lab. Obviously the underlying platform plays a big role in device procurement — an iOS-only shop probably doesn’t need a host of Samsung or HTC smartphones and tablets. Also, try to leverage any analytics data to see what kinds of devices are accessing your mobile website or using your apps.

A good cross-section of screen dimensions, processors, and manufacturers (for Android) helps to ensure your team is able to test apps and websites in as many different hardware configurations as possible. Checking for overall performance on older devices is vital as well.

Use everything from eBay and other online vendors, to a local smartphone store offering used gear when sourcing devices. Trying to get as many different devices as possible while staying within a reasonable budget should be your goal.

Additionally, assume each device will be reset to factory defaults; using one common lab account for activation purposes helps make that process go smoothly.

Building the Lab Itself

Having a dedicated area for a mobile device lab is a must. Trying to accomplish significant testing on multiple devices using individual cubicles adds too much confusion and clutter. Spend enough on power strips and USB hubs to sufficiently run every device, but remember that testing mobile apps in low-power situations can be useful as well for software validation.

A cart or two for the lab helps move devices around when necessary, and consider using stands so your QA professionals don’t spend too much time hunched over while testing. You may want to contemplate setting up a separate WiFi network to keep device lab traffic separate from the rest of your office. Additionally, if lab energy consumption is an issue, timed power strips help to save on costs over time.

Finally, be sure to keep enough spare cables on hand — USB, power, etc. — since you never want a faulty cord to adversely impact the testing schedule. Soon enough, the mobile device lab will be making a positive contribution to software quality at your organization.

If you need any additional insights on creating a mobile device lab for your company, check out this detailed website and eBook on the topic authored by two engineers who work for the arts and crafts eCommerce site, Etsy.

Keep an eye on the Betica blog for future posts on this and other topics of interest to the QA world.

Betica Technology Solutions Limited Approved as an Accredited Test Facility by the Isle of Man Gambling Commission

Betica Technology Solutions Limited announces the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission’s approval for their software testing facility. A new milestone for the company, Betica Technology will continue to successfully apply their proven delivery model for eGaming functional and non-functional testing and audit services.

 Manila, Philippines – March 23, 2016 – Offering skilled quality assurance and auditing services, Betica Technology Solutions Limited announces their recent approval as an Accredited Software Testing Facility by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission. Now, Betica Technology Solutions can assist gaming operators, who hold a license in the Isle of Man, with their expertise in the eGaming industry.

In addition to regulating land-based gambling, the Gambling Supervision Commission regulates online gambling activities to keep the industry crime free. Protecting those at risk, the commission approves gaming software testing companies who will ensure that the services offered by license holders are fair. The watchdog organization also endorses testing companies that do all they can to ensure players receive their true winnings.

“Betica brings to the table a comprehensive software testing approach to help operators comply with regulations. Doing business with license holders for gaming software, whether it is for large or small companies, is an opportunity to show our strong links with international gaming authorities and regulators. Our testing services extend to web, mobile and back-office application testing, so we are a full-service agency happy to simplify the process for our clients.” said Vicente Torrejon, Director at Betica Technology Solutions Limited.

Betica offers functional application testing as well as test automation services and performance testing. With contacts in international gambling that include gaming authorities and regulators, the company assists key international corporations with their quality assurance and regulatory needs.

For more information visit www.betica.com.

About Betica Technology Solutions Limited:

Betica Technology Solutions Limited was founded in 2011 and is a leading provider specialising in Software Quality Assurance, Regulatory Compliance Services and Software Development. With headquarters in Asia, the company’s Software Development Center and ISO 17025:2005 Software Testing Laboratory uniquely positions them to deliver high-quality and cost-effective end-to-end technology solutions and services.

Vicente Torrejon
Director, Betica Technology Solutions Limited


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Betica Technology Solutions Philippine Software Testing Laboratory Receives ISO Accreditation

Recognized as a key provider of software testing outsourcing in Asia, Betica Technology Solutions Manila receives an ISO certification. The accreditation categorizes the company as the first ISO 17025 Software Testing Laboratory in the country. With the ISO accreditation, the company will be able to assist customers with regulatory requirements wherein the accreditation is a precondition made by governmental bodies.

Betica was granted accreditation by the Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the field of Software Testing November 12, 2015. This is after an assessment which Betica was determined as conforming to the requirements of PNS ISO/IEC 17025:2005, following the standard method of the ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-2, 1st Edition 2013 and the PAB conditions for laboratory accreditation.

About Betica Technology Solutions:
Betica Technology Solutions was founded in 2011 and is a leading provider specialising in Software Quality Assurance, Regulatory Compliance Services and Software Development. With headquarters in Asia, the company’s Software Development Center and ISO 17025:2005 Software Testing Laboratory uniquely positions us to deliver high-quality and cost-effective end-to-end technology solutions and services.

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