TestingCatalog

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

    Submit your beta testing report to TestingCatalog during the upcoming testing cycle and get a chance to win a πŸ’°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 πŸ“² 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 attempt for me to write this post. I am very excited about test competitions in general and I don't want to fail this experiment just because I didn't prepare it well enough.

    Idea of TestingCatalog πŸ“²

    TestingCatalog was created as an alternative crowdtesting platform focused on beta testing for Android apps. After three years of development, TestingCatalog still stays as a baseground for different experiments. I am aiming to find the most valuable direction for TestingCatalog platform and I have a lot of ideas for the future. Beta testing competition is one of these ideas.

    Beta Testing Competition

    What is Beta Testing Competition πŸ”₯

    The Goal:

    One hundred bucks to the winner, one app to test and one week of time for report submission!

    The goal of each competition could be different and will be announced explicitly. There are some examples:

    • Bring the most value to the development team. Find as many bugs as you can and report feature requests. Create a features list or perform an automated stress test!
    • Bring the value to the community. Review the app, find undocumented feature in the update or even do an APK teardown!
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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.

    Microsoft Launcher Beta Community

    A complete list of all Microsoft apps in beta for Android

    1. SwiftKey Beta
    2. Microsoft Edge Preview
    3. Microsoft Flow Beta
    4. Microsoft Insiders
    5. Miscrosoft Launcher Beta
    6. Office Insider for Android
    7. Office Lens Android Preview
    8. OneNote for Android Beta Program
    9. Skype Lite Beta
    10. Skype Preview Beta
    11. Microsoft Translator Beta
    12. Windows Dev Center Beta
    13. MSN News Beta
    14. Cortana Preview Beta
    15. One Drive Preview
    16. HERE Maps Beta
    17. LinkenIn Beta
    18. Microsoft TO-DO Beta
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  • I did a short survey on my new Telegram channel @tgtester related to the Telegram Beta Apps for Android. It was inspired by two lists created by two different Telegram Beta testers which I found recently. The survey was about β€œWhich Telegram client do you use?”.

    Those are our results:

    • Telegram X Stable - 10
    • Telegram X Beta - 27
    • Telegram Stable - 4
    • Telegram Beta - 3
    • Unofficial Client - 0

    Does it mean that Telegram X is better than normal Telegram? I believe that it depends on your own needs. And here is the next question - how to choose the better one and what is the difference?

    Here is a list of features missing in either Telegram app or in Telegram X app for Android.

    I am not the original author of these lists, I just combined them into one file. Original lists were taken from

    This file has a diff format between 1. Telegram and 2. Telegram X sorted by feature groups.

    • ⭕️ Exists in "Telegram App", not in X
    • ❌ Exists in "Telegram X App", not in Normal

  • 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 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.


    TestingCatalog Beta Testing Service

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  • This is a short version of beta tester's handbook for TestingCatalog.

    TestingCatalog is a community of Android apps beta testers. The main goal of this community is to improve a beta testing process and make it more optimised and useful for developers and for beta testers. The main goal of most beta testing programs is to gather some useful data. Beta testers feedback is the most important part of it.

    TestingCatalog has a reporting functionality for beta testers which allows you to contribute to the beta testing community and Android apps development.


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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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  • Quick summary:

    "Now you can receive a daily changelogs summary email from TestengCatalog for your favorited apps."

    Table of Content

    • Google Play: 47 pending updates... pfff... Update All
    • Why Google or Facebook doesn't update changelogs?
    • TestingCatalog changelogs emails
    • How does it work?
    • How to manage favorite apps list
    • How to disable changelogs notifications

    Google Play: 47 pending updates... pfff... Update All

    "What was changed in this update?" Every beta tester was asking this question to himself at least once. Some apps have detailed changelogs, some apps don't update changelogs at all and some rolling changes gradually and you will have no idea what to expect and when.

    My favorite changelog is "Fixed some bugs, introduced a couple of new bugs to fix them later" :D I don't remember where it from but I like it a lot.

    The simplest solution is hitting "Update All" and hoping to discover something cool later on. I am trying to be aware of important changes for apps I am using but even in this case I am hitting "Update All" too often without checking the content.

    For the average user, it is probably a good solution. But I am not a part of this group, I am a beta tester and I care about changelogs a lot more than other. Why?

    • As a beta tester, I want to bring valuable feedback. Smaller scope requires a lower amount of time to verify a test case. Clear changelog limits testing scope. Basically, the detailed and focused question leads to the detailed and focused answer.
    • Bugs are living together. Architecture complexity is one of the reasons for bug existence. Solving small issues without fixing a root cause may introduce new bugs in close areas. By knowing what was exactly fixed I can verify if nearby areas were affected.
    • Changelogs could be treated as short test cases for regression testing.

    Android App Changelog

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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

    Before that, I also did a poll about TC future - Media Company vs Marketplace https://plus.google.com/+Testingcatalog/posts/ipTjqqmLwWs

    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

    google apps in beta on TestingCatalog


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

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