As a general consumer of applications nothing is more frustrating than finding an awesome app that won’t work on my device. It happens on occasion and can not only frustrate me but the developer. If it was a free app that could have led me to purchase their pro app, it is money out of their pocket. Many developers will test their applications on as many different devices as they have available to them, be it friends phones or running a beta in the market or places such as XDA. As helpful as that can be, it doesn’t always produce the results or information the developer needs to solve bugs.
In steps a company called Apkudo. A developer can submit their finished, so they hope, application to the service. Then they run it through 289 various devices and see how it runs. Then it they produce a report for the developer showing the number of devices that failed to run the app and which ones those were along with a log of the issue that happened on those devices. One might think that this would take weeks and be full of people sitting around running apps all day long. That isn’t the case though, once submitted, you get your results in less than a minute. Talk about near instant results for all your hard work.
The service is set to be officially announced at AnDevCon coming up on November 6th. The initial cost for the service won’t cost you a penny to use. At some point they will be offering a premium service that will offer more in-depth testing along with other features. This is without a doubt the single greatest service that been offered to our developers. It should help nearly eliminate market comments of the app not running on a certain device. Of course there will always be those one-off devices that will have an issue though.