Announcing Bring Your Own Devices for HeadSpin Compass

April 7, 2021
 by 
Brien Colwell

Join us for a webinar on Bring Your Own Devices with HeadSpin Compass on April 15.

At HeadSpin we’re driven to provide you with a platform to continually improve the user experience and performance in your apps. Customers are able to sign up for HeadSpin Compass to get devices around the world at their fingertips. We’ve heard great feedback about how our rich user experience and performance data has enabled customers to understand and collaborate on making their apps better. We’re focused on enabling these outcomes for your team:

  1. Run your automation consistently at scale
  2. Expand your test cases with audio, voice, media, camera cases
  3. Expand your test cases with visual analytics to quantify regions of user interaction
  4. Tag your tests for comparison and performance trends
  5. In our monitoring section, set up user experience and performance regression watchers and integrate regression into your pre-production CICD pass criteria
  6. Using our replica database, have a relational SQL view of your user experience and performance data for ad-hoc analysis with your existing data tools
  7. View your core KPIs with our real-time dashboards

Starting today we now make it easy to use any device with HeadSpin Compass. Whether the device is in your hand, on your desk, in the field, or in your existing device lab.

Today we are launching the ability to bring your own devices into HeadSpin Compass.

It’s as easy as three steps:

  1. Connect your device to your computer
  2. Download and run `hs provide`
  3. Your device appears exclusively to you inside of your HeadSpin Compass account

There will be a free period for this feature starting with Android devices. Next month we will enable iOS devices. After that our plan is to enable a new billing tier for bring-your-own devices that scales by data session. With HeadSpin Compass you can bring as many devices as you need. We want everyone to have the easiest and best in class device infrastructure to create tests, run automation, integrate with CICD, to test and develop on.

We think that bring-your-own devices with HeadSpin Compass will accelerate every team’s efforts to build the best apps.

Please join us by plugging in your own device and giving it a try.

How Bring Your Own Device works with the HeadSpin Compass Global Device Marketplace

Users can mix and match their bring-your-own devices and devices from the global marketplace. This offers the best possible flexibility to add devices wherever and however you need. You can use bring-your-own-device to test the device at your desk, at your colleague’s desk, anywhere globally where you have devices, or in your hand.

Where you do not have devices, you can add devices from the marketplace. This is a menu of available locations with the device types available in that location. Devices from bring-your-own and the global marketplace have the same capabilities in the platform.

HeadSpin Compass is truly one unified view of all your devices and automation.

Use Cases

Below are some use cases we’ve heard from customers that we think bring-your-own devices beautifully solves. Please let us know your thoughts as we continually improve.

Getting started with Appium

For teams getting started with Appium, setting up an appium server and running tests in parallel can be a challenge. Using bring-your-own devices with HeadSpin Compass makes this easy. Just plug in your devices and let the HeadSpin platform manage the appium servers, load balancing, and running the tests in parallel. In addition, you can learn Appium and Selenium from the ground up using HeadSpin University.

Share your devices with teammates

Frequently with work from home and distributed teams we struggle to develop the same way as when we were in the same office. If you have a device you want your teammate to test with, or have an issue that you want to plug in and debug in real time, it can be challenging. Bring-your-own devices solves this. If you want your teammate to use your device, just invite them to your HeadSpin Compass account using your team controls, plug in your device, and they can use your device. They can even connect your device for debugging!

Scale out your in-house device lab

Often we might have some Android or iOS devices plugged into our CICD server for testing. When it comes time to scale beyond a single room, bring-your-own devices make that easy. Now in different locations you can just plug in devices and make them available to the CICD server. This is such a simple way to scale out your in-house lab that we think you will enjoy.

Test devices in the field

This is such an exciting area that there is another post specifically on this topic. Using the arm64 binary, you can connect a device to an IoT platform that can run a Linux binary such as a battery powered Raspberry Pi. The complete setup can be deployed into the field, on-person, in-vehicle, or any scenario your team needs to test.

Debug and capture more data from manual testers

Many teams are just starting the transition from manual to automated testing, or are seeing success with manual testing. For these teams bring-your-own devices will give you debug access to devices in testers’ hands, to debug as they are reproducing issues and capture extensive user experience and performance data. Just plug in the devices your testing team uses and collaborate on HeadSpin Compass.

Demo Video

Final Thoughts

We’re looking forward to accelerating your development and testing with bring-your-own devices in HeadSpin Compass. Sign in to HeadSpin Compass to try it now.

We’re here for any questions and support.

Also we’re looking forward to more announcements at HeadSpin Converge 2021 on April 20 – 21st. Please join us there.