Android User Interface Testing with AWS Device Farm – Part 1

I often get asked about automated testing of user interfaces of Android applications. Amazon released a service on AWS called Device Farm to support user interface (UI) testing, this seems to be a good time to take a look. UI testing can be immensely frustrating due to it’s inherent fragility. It often seems that as […]
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The Stagefright Bug: Description and Mitigation

I love my Android phone. I’m glad I upgraded from the iPhone. However, a serious flaw was discovered that affects nearly one billion (yes, with a “b”) Android devices. That bug allows an attacker to send a single MMS (multimedia) message that could allow the attacker to access data, devices and apps on the device. […]
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How to Configure the Android-x86 Android Virtual Device

In a previous post I talked about using the Android-x86 Android Virtual Device. Here I give a step-by-step account of how to configure it. For completeness, I’ll describe how I got it working in SkyTap. My starting point assumes that you have a development machine deployed with your cloud provider and that you have the […]
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The Challenge with Android Development in the Cloud. And the Solution!

No matter what you think about running development environments in the cloud, it is here to stay. From my own perspective, there are 2 drivers toward cloud based development: firstly, I work on a lot of different projects from diverse geographic locations and secondly, Learning Tree is rolling out a new one-day course initiative which […]
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The IBM Apple MobileFirst Strategy

You may have seen some of the marketing material surrounding the IBM / Apple MobileFirst for iOS initiative. On the face of it, it’s a suite of powerful applications which takes IBM’s back-end experience and combines it with the user-interface and mobility of the Apple iOS platform. In this post, I’m taking a look a […]
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