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Mozilla Mobile QA (Firefox for Android) and AppThwack

Here at Mozilla, we’re always looking and investing in different ways that our mobile related testing efforts and strategies can evolve and expand into new avenues as Firefox for Android mature as a product. We’re always engaged in seeking out different yet worthwhile services and tools that can integrate into our regular QA process.

Whilst we continue to operate as a small team (Mobile QA for Firefox on Android is about two-full time employees); we’re seeking all the help we can get whether it be from community or from those who have created services and utilities to assist mobile QA efforts.

We react in seeking solutions by continuing to identify and respond to problems. In identifying our areas of contention, we still see Android device fragmentation and access on-demand to Android devices as major paint-points of Android testing. To administer any type of soluton would involve boasting and utilizing the services and assistance from others. Currently we use DeviceAnywhere for one-off direct device testing; but we desired a service that targets automation.  

A couple months ago we stumbled upon AppThwack, a service that manages mobile application and fragmentation issues by deploying uploaded Android Package (APK) files and deploying (installation) on real Android based phones and tablets. The devices are hosted and interfaced through web front-end that makes it easy to view and extract results ran from automated tests (currently self-written and provided MonkeyRunner tests are available, and on-track towards deploying Robotium and possibly in the near future Mozilla based Robocop tests). Alongside, screen-shots are provided from multiple device orientations which make it usful for identifying any user-interface issues. A test-run takes a couple minutes and any data collected may be bundled and downloaded together to deploy towards any new Bugzilla bug for track-keeping.

Currently, we are utilizing their service for testing Firefox for Android builds during our rapid release Beta cycle and are looking at different strategies of integration for the other channels within our cycle.

If you would like to see what a test-run looks like click here.

Site Compatibility Testing for Firefox for Android

The Mozilla Developer Network has recently accepted an excellent informational article written by Jason Smith, Lawrence Mandel, and Janet Swisher essentially entailing the largely problematic issue of browser and content compatibility with the mobile web. If you are interested in site testing for Firefox for Android, please give the article a read; and help us improve the web. Let us know if you have any questions about compatibility testing or want to become involved in Mozilla’s mobile web compatibility effort, please sign up for the mailing list.

Discover and Help Test Web Apps in Firefox for Android on Friday August 24th, 2012

This upcoming Friday, we would love for you to solicit your support towards testing and contributing to the process of qualifying a new alpha-release version of Firefox for Android on the Aurora channel as part of our rapid release testing cycle. We will be focusing on the process of discovering, installing, managing and using web applications inside of Firefox for Android.

This event is open to all those interested: newcomers, experienced testers, developers, and anyone interested in testing and using Firefox on Android.

We would like for you to use the new version of Firefox on your Android phone, and take a close look at the latest Aurora product in order to assist us in identifying any noticeably major issues found, and ensure that all feature functionality that is included in this upcoming release is on its way to a feature and testing complete state with the added emphasis on discovering and using web applications.

To cover the work throughout the whole day we have created an EtherPad test-plan. Please feel free to read and use it as a companion during the testday event. There will be moderators at hand in the IRC channel: #testday, to answer any questions you have.

Together with your help we want to make this testday a success and ensure the high quality of Firefox for Android for mobile devices for all of our users world-wide. If you have time on Friday August 24th, 2012, please join us on IRC, we will have Mozilla community and testers on hand to help answer any of your questions.

Your testing and feedback is highly valuable, and we hope to see you attend our test day event.