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How device coverage should influence your mobile app testing strategy ?

Brief Intro:  There was a time when everything was manual, then came automation and now the device farms. I am talking in the context of Mobile app testing. When you change focus from  Web  to  Mobile , one of the thing which ideally should get detailed attention from you is “ device coverage ”. Why device coverage matters:  Let me quote some numbers for Android OS first to give you a rough idea. Below is a snapshot from  OpenSignal . According to the report, android device fragmentation has increased 28% over last year. When it comes to iOS the scene is relatively better. Below is the screenshot of iOS to Android comparison in terms of fragmentation. Probable solutions to device Coverage:   The good news is there are lot of vendors offering device farm and to name the prominent ones: Xamarin Test Cloud Service Cloud Test Lab by Google AWS Device Farm Testdroid But the not so good news is most of these are paid service and the charges for engaging a device could g

VagrantLab - a testing solution just for startups !

TestVagrant  is perhaps the first services company to bring in an idea of free POC. We learnt that services for startups need to be different from services for enterprise.  VagrantLab  is our attempt to address the need. At  VagrantLab  , we have created a very  succinct  and pertinent solution offering for startups: Easy to get started (via a free POC) Easy to continue (bare minimum retainer model) and Easy to handover (you own what we code)

Why your startup might fail

There is a sudden surge of startups and most of these startups are in B2C space with a product either on web or mobile or both. Also, most of these startups offer a very little differentiation so there is not much induced stickiness in app and hence consumers have choice to drop one and pick another based on their likeness or product feedback. For example, we have BigBasket, Grofers and PepperTap in grocery space, Fasoos, freshmenu, and spoonjoy in food space and likewise. This post is about why startups need to focus on quality, what are the current challenges and what we think we can help with. Read my complete  blog here

Registering company in India

This has been a long pending post. This is just a summary of what it takes to register a company In India. I thought this post might help you get a rough idea. This whole process will take close to 20-45 days months. Get Director Identification Number (DIN) online Get a Digital Signature Certificate Reserve the company name with the Registrar of Companies (ROC) - You are requested to submit four names and based on availability you are allotted one of them Pay stamp duties, file all incorporation forms and documents  -  Thereby you obtain the certificate of incorporation Obtain Certificate to Commence Operation Obtain a Permanent Account Number (PAN) from National Securities Depository Services Limited (NSDL) Register with Employees' Provident Fund Organization if your employee strength is more than 15 Register for professional tax If you are selling product then you might have to go for VAT registration.

Two P’s from my Entrepreneurial Journey !

It’s been a little more than 9 months on this entrepreneurship journey and I thought of sharing the two most important learning of this journey. 9 months back when we started this venture, we looked into the happy side of it and was excited with the answers of these questions - what we could do, what impact we will be able to make, what kind of satisfaction it will give us, how empowered we will feel when we have a group of like minded people working towards one goal and blah blah. Probably if you ever thought of being an entrepreneur you might have got these questions in mind and once you get an answer to these questions you will feel the kick within to go out and try. Read complete blog here ...

My experience in hiring for Start up

Some context - Now that we have seen and did some homework a little bit for a little more than over 6 months, spoken to bunch of people and feel we can expand a little on our terms and conditions. So we are looking at hiring folks now ! Folks who are like us, a little like mindedness and good aptitude skill mostly ! Where are we right now - So once we decided we have to hire, I am looking into recruitment and have filtered lots of resume ! Honestly I haven't gone through these many resumes in my career when working for someone! It's little overwhelming !  So we narrowed down to some resumes and then the next job is talking to these folks. What do you talk about -   So what do you talk to people about? Since no one knows us, it takes a little long to explain ourselves, to explain who we are, why we are doing it, and then we come down to what position it is about. So this is mostly your make or break time ! And after having made at least 50 calls, with the pause in the can

Testing in Microservice Architecture

As Microservice is becoming more popular and is being adopted fast, it becomes essential for test engineers and organisations to align their testing strategy with the architecture of the application. This requires change in perspective from traditional way of testing applications.  The below article would help you understand why are we talking about it and would address your basic questions around it.  We have planned a series of blogs around it and this is largely to set the context.

Fitness Tracker or Smart Watch ??

Yes Apple and Oranges are not comparable ! The case in here is of fitness tracker and Smart Watch.  They are two different things then why am I even trying to make a case to compare them ! Possibly for two reason: Need Whenever there is a new product launch in the market (mostly in the tech segment which could be part of one’s day to day life) either they are enhancement over existing product or they are completely new concept and thought process. In the former case you generally own some version of the product (because you need them) and hence the thought process for newer product is "how much better it is"? Let me explain with an example. This is mostly explained from Indian market context where there is no concept of free upgrade. Let’s say I own iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 is launched in market. Sure I would compare the benefits in terms of how much better my experience would be and this benefit would be differential in nature. My experience would be impro