Beta testing is an important feature of application development. According to an Android App Development Company in USA, beta testing helps in understanding the response that the app generates from a human being. Thus, beta testing is very important to understand the interactions between user and app and app development companies work hard for it.
Google Play has made beta testing easier and effective for users worldwide. Once you have developed your application, tested it against the bugs, you don’t have to stop just there. You can perform additional tests with the help of Google Play. Since this is the most widely used platform currently, you might want to push your app design and know how it interacts with the user before finally putting it up on the Google Play Store. An App Design Company in USA recently said that beta testing has never been easier thanks to the Google Play Beta testing features and as an app developer, you must know how to go about it. Here are a few steps on how to go about Google Play Beta testing.
Getting started with Google Play Beta testing:
- The first and the most obvious thing to do would be signing up to Google Play. Whether you have to push through an android app, or an iPhone app, you can do anything or publish anything, without signing up and creating a Google Play account first.
- To sign in, you will have to pay a certain amount of registration fees, enter a few details, once those details are verified, you will be good to go. Once everything is in place, you will have access to your own development console.
- Alternatively, an owner of another account, which has already been registered, can let you access their development console too.
- Now that the account is done and verified with, you will have to develop a signed application package. Once you are done with this, select the package you want to export and create a Keystore for it.
- When you create the keystore, try and remember or save down its location and the password. Make sure the keystore is kept somewhere safe and you don’t lose the password, for it will be required every time you have to export the package.
- You have created the keystore and now it is time to create the key. You will be asked to fill in some details and create a new password. Do keep it in mind that the key will expire after a certain period of time. So you will have to keep updating it from time to time.
- Once the key is setup, you can upload application on Play Store.
- You can create your own test group, once you have access to Google Play. The group can be either, that is, anyone can join it, or closed, i.e. you can add people to the group yourself. An open group is usually better, since it allows for a larger audience.
- When you put up your application, testers in your group will have access to it and can find or download it.
- Once you have published your app, it may take a few hours before the test link is good to go. You can make additional changes meanwhile, but that will just stall your application from going live.
- Once your application goes live, you can set up the price for it. You can make it available at a certain price or for free. You can decide the price of your package, however, one should keep in mind that the price of the application does affect its usage and should be put up accordingly.
So, get started with beta testing from Google and reap the benefits of app testing before you launch it worldwide on the Play Store.
Rahul Mathur is the founder and managing director of ARKA Softwares, a company renowned for its outstanding mobile app development and web development solutions as well as specialized in Android and iOS app development. Delivering high-end modern solutions to all over the globe, Rahul takes pleasure in sharing his experiences and views on latest technological trends.