Mike Szczys · Apr 21, 2013 at 06:00 pm

Organized Way to Find or Become an Alpha/Beta App Tester

Users are fickle, and the only way to avoid their wrath when it comes to app development is to perform your due diligence by testing, testing, testing. For developers, this means finding people who know what they’re doing and have a range of different devices that you don’t own. On the other hand, how many threads have you see where a developer describes what they’re working on and the thread is immediately flooded with users wanting to get a copy right now in order to ‘help’ with the testing?

But there is a solution, which is to finding dependable Guinea Pigs or become one yourself. Check out the App Tester registry thread over in in our App Development forums. XDA Senior Member Benkxda is maintaining the thread, which starts off with the ground rules for the program laid out for both testers and developers. People willing to report back on Alpha or Beta versions of a new app can be added to the list by sending a PM with the exact device you’ll use in testing. This gives developers an idea of which devices are represented in the pool of pigs (sorry, I couldn’t resist!). Rather than having to line up each tester separately, a developer can just post to the thread asking for help and interested individuals will respond to them.

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Mike Szczys

szczys is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Mike Szczys is a professional musician but spends all his free time working with hobby electronics. As Contributing Editor for Hackaday.com he became interested in Android as some of the early hardware hacks started popping up on the Internet. What followed was a gradually rising addiction to all things Android. View szczys's posts and articles here.
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