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    The time has come! Welcome our two new projects which I want to split out of TestingCatalog.

    1. TestingCatalog AA - Android Apps in beta (and not only). The green Android figure.
    2. TestingCatalog CC - Crowdtesting Community. Brown-Azure-Orange Android figure.

    In this post, I want to specify mission statements for both of them and also give you a bit of introduction into the future content of these projects.

    TestingCatalog AA

    Mission statement: Aggregate Android apps available for beta testing into the curated collection.

    Social channels: New beta apps will be shared to the Android Beta Apps channel in Telegram and weekly email newsletter. This project will also include a standalone Telegram channel about Telegram beta for Android. The AA project is done and it will continue to be working in its current state.

    If you are specifically interested in new Android Beta Apps, please make sure that you are following one of these links above.

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  • Here comes the end of 2018 and so is my desire to summarize all of the things that happened at TestingCatalog for the whole year. At first, I just wanted to keep things short, though, because there was a lot of stuff going on, I certainly cannot promise you that.

    From the beginning, this project’s main intention was to create a platform that connects beta testers and developers. A year ago we had to choose a new path for TestingCatalog, and then came the idea of going more towards the media sphere, based on the vast majority of our audience is who pushed us, and the low demand from developers’ side.

    During 2018 our traffic has grown 10 times to a mere 100K visitors a month. Of course, we had to overcome numerous challenges, but everything has paid off. Because of these fantastic results, we sure are going to set even higher goals for next year.

    The picture below, which is our banner image, represents TestingCatalog’s motto, or rather our message for you guys.

    Facebook banner

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  • UPDATE: Competition is over! Feel free to contact us in case if you want to become a sponsor for a new competition!

    Don't miss your chance to get 100 USD prize for being a Lawnchair Launcher V2 beta tester! 🏆

    Submit your beta testing report to TestingCatalog during the upcoming testing cycle and get a chance to win a 💰prize. The best and most helpful test report will be picked by Lawnchair team @lawnchair.app.

    Didn't hear about Lawnchair v2 before? It is an amazing, smooth and customizable Pixel 2 style 📲 launcher. The stable v1 version can be found here, and will be updated as soon as it's out of alpha stage. Until then help improving it with your feedback!

    Lawnchair logo

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  • This is the second beta apps collection I would like to share after Google Beta Apps Collection. Microsoft has a huge list of Android apps and mostly all of them are available for beta testing. Besides that, Microsoft has a different beta management strategy and they use Google Plus communities a lot. As an additional plus - they update their changelogs frequently and you can always see what you are actually beta testing. Additionally, you can always identify a beta product by the "Preview" ⚡️ prefix.

    Do you want to become a beta tester for Microsoft Apps?

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  • I have been collecting Beta apps on Google Play for two years and this is what I learned.

    Content:

    • About TestingCatalog Research
    • What I did?
    • TestingCatalog Database Overview
    • Best Android Beta Apps charts
    • TestingCatalog Community Surveys
    • Summary

    I am running the biggest collection of Android apps for beta testing called TestingCatalog (source link at the end of the post) with a community of more than 20,000 beta testers behind.

    I collected some data during the last year and I want to share it with the community including some comments from my side. I hope that you will enjoy it.

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  • There was an official announcement from the Instagram team that Alpha program is open to everyone. Source

    Quick summary: How to join Instagram Alpha

    1. Open Instagram Alpha & Beta TestingCatalog page.
    2. Press JOIN button.
    3. Join an Alpha Google Group.
    4. Go back to the Instagram Alpha & Beta TestingCatalog page.
    5. Press OPT-IN button.
    6. Press BECOME A TESTER button.
    7. Press Download Instagram link below.
    8. Enjoy!

    Please check the full article for more details!


    Instagram Alpha Guide

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  • 2017 is almost over and in December I did a couple of updates on the TC and I want to keep them here.

    Marketplace vs Media Company

    I did a lot of experiments in different areas. Next year will be a time to focus. Before focusing, we have to choose our path. In two words, I want you to help me to choose between Marketplace Company and Media Company.

    Why is it needed? The community is growing and I have a lot of things to add and improve. Unfortunately, my capacity is limited and I have to choose where to invest my time and money to. With time it is clear, but to be able to invest money I have to set up a working monetisation solution.

    Please check the context below!


    Android Oreo bug fix

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  • Since I introduced a search functionality in the TestingCatalog, I was able to track what people are looking for. This was not a surprise that most of the search requests were about different Google apps, starting from Google Play to YouTube and Gboard. I want to list all available Android Google apps in beta in this post and answer several frequently asked questions.

    A complete list of all Google apps in beta for Android

    • Google Play Services
    • Google Webview
    • Google Search
    • Google Maps
    • Gboard
    • YouTube Go
    • Google Cast Receiver
    • Google Chrome
    • Playbook for Developers
    • Files Go

    Do you want to become a beta tester for Google Apps?

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  • We are getting a lot of interest from our visitors around this topic so I want to share a small FAQ here.

    The Walking Dead Road to Survival is the definitive Walking Dead strategy RPG game, brought to you by Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comic series.

    Project details: WD: RTS on the TestingCatalog

    This game uses a closed beta testing model and it uses closed Google Plus community to manage beta access. It also has a very high position in the TestingCatalog (currently TOP 3). This high position means that it has a lot of likes from our testers and it also has frequent updates with detailed changelogs.

    However, it is not that easy to get access to the beta app. Google+ community is closed, which means that you have to ask for the access first and wait until your request will be accepted by the Google+ community moderator.

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  • Before you start, you should decide for yourself the following

    What is the goal which you are trying to achieve with your beta test?

    Android Developers Console for beta testing purpose

    Beta Access Management

    Depending on your goal, you can run an Open beta test or a Closed beta test

    • Open beta test is the easiest way to go. It will make your app discoverable on the Google Play and everyone who has a link will be able to get a beta version.
    • Closed beta test. There are always reasons why you may want to run a closed beta test. Your app can be a very popular and you don’t want to receive a lot of spam reviews. You may want to run a targeted research for a limited amount of users. It is possible to submit a list of emails and distribute the app only through pre-selected testers. Another way is to use Google+ community or a Google Group. Community or group can be closed or open and in the meantime, you will need to take some effort on moderation.

    Beta App Distribution

    You have a link to the Google Play and you can do your best on marketing to promote your app to the users.

    Feedback Collection

    Users can submit their feedback via Google Play as usual except a possibility to rate your app.

    Early Access Promotion

    You also can apply to the Google Play Early Access program via this form - Early Access Form if you want your app to be listed in the Early Access section.

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