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A short introduction to TestChameleon

by | Feb 20, 2015 | QA, Test Automation | 0 comments

Did you know that Testbirds offers more than just crowdtesting as a service? Next to BirdFlight, which functions as a beta-app distribution platform, we’re also proud to offer TestChameleon, the latest addition to our testing family. But what is TestChameleon and what exactly can you do with it?

There are many ways to test the quality of software. Testbirds’ core business was built on the principle of crowdtesting. This means that we provide companies and organisations that want to test their app or website with specified end-user testers. With a database of over 65.000 testers, we deliver almost every imaginable tester profile out there. Sometimes, however, there’s a different testing need that a client has. The need for automated testing was the reason why, over the past year, we have developed TestChameleon.

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Testing with virtual machines

TestChameleon is a service that enables software testing with virtual machines (VM). Through the service, our clients are able to extensively test their applications on a wide range of operating systems, without the need of acquiring these for in-house testing. It facilitates them to run manual and automated tests of their software to analyse for compatibility and inconsistencies. So, how does this work? Basically, TestChameleon is a platform in which virtual machines are constructed on demand. Accordingly, clients can then run manual tests on these virtual machines, simply by clicking or following a use case scenario. In addition, automated tests can also be executed, by means of Selenium- or Sikuli-scripts.

TeCh (abbreviated) has some cool features. First of all, a virtual machine is set up in just about minute. Want to have Windows 7 running with Service Pack 1 and Firefox 35.0.1? Or do you need to test a specific version of Chrome or Opera on Linux? With TeCh, it’s just a matter of selecting the desired software combinations and you’re good to go.

Check your website with automated test scripts

Once your machine is up and running, you can go ahead and install your (beta) software or check your website and test how it functions. This can be done either manually, so by clicking around, or automatically, by means of automated test scripts. These are just the quick basics of TestChameleon. Want to know more about this service? Check out our Device Cloud and get in touch with us if you’re interested in automated testing in the cloud.

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Testbirds specialises in the testing of software such as apps, websites and Internet of Things applications by using innovative technologies and solutions. Under the slogan, “Testing Reality”, the company offers various testing methods to its clients looking to optimise the user-friendliness and functionality of their digital products. With over 250,000 registered testers located in 193 countries, Testbirds is one of the world’s leading crowdtesting providers. In addition, the IT service provider utilises cloud based technologies to support customers in the optimisation of their digital products. The combination of the two testing methods delivers a unique and extensive portfolio that takes the quality of software to the next level. Testbirds was founded in 2011 by Philipp Benkler, Georg Hansbauer and Markus Steinhauser. Today, the company has over 100 employees. Other than its headquarters in Munich, there are now offices in Amsterdam, London and Stockholm, franchises in Hungary and Russia and sales partners in Italy.

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