Welcome to the Alpha/Beta program!
You are here because you wish to contribute to the upcoming release version of WanWan by participating in the early
testing program. Testing is done in two distinct phases Alpha and Beta and each of these
phases will have progress steps and regular updates.
Obtaining your test app
For Android devices, open the browser on your Android device, and visit this link:
Become a Tester
Once you have successfully joined the testing group, you should be able to install the
app from this link:
For Apple iOS devices we will be using the "TestFlight" app for test phase distribution.
The Apple iOS version of the app is still missing some key elements and has thus not yet been approved for App Store
If you have an iOS device and would like to help test in the meantime, please contact Steve Ohmert
for other options.
Subscriptions during Testing
You will be asked to choose a subscription plan even as a tester. However, no subscription charges will actually
be applied. We have not yet completed our relationship with our subscription management partner company.
It is also our intention to extend a free year of Standard subscription to any participating Test users,
beginning at the release date (planned Sept 1). However, until we have established the actual terms with
our subscription management provider, this cannot be expressly guaranteed at this time.
What to expect
As WanWan is still pre-release, there are some parts that remain incomplete at this time.
Some notable temporary shortcomings of the pre-release versions are:
- Email issues during sign-up -- Very early joiners to the Test phases may encounter an
"Email problem" error after initial sign up. Then, they may find an email from Amazon Web Services in their
inbox. If this happens, click on the link in the Amazon email to verify your email. You will then later
receive the intended email from WanWan to secure your subscription.
- Dog Image Recognizer not available for iOS - This is bummer, but technical issues have kept this from being
able to be integrated into the app yet. It should be ready sometime later in the Beta phase.
- Background tracking -- Unfortunately, you must keep the app open and active while using it or it will
go to sleep and you will lose tracking of your current position (at least for iOS). Background operation actually does work
but only for about 30 seconds before the app ultimately shuts down if not reactivated in the meantime.
An update to address this is expected early in the pre-release cycle.
- Encyclopedia Entries -- The Dog Encyclopedia lists 266 dog breeds. For each of these, rights-free images and
descriptive text must be obtained. This is a work in progress that will continue to improve with updates through the
- Tutorials -- Like the Encyclopedia, this is a work in progress. More will be added. But please provide feedback
on areas of the tutorial you interact with, if any.
Likely Problem areas
Apart from the items above, there are no areas of the application that are expected to be problematic, because
all parts of the app have been verified in development at least before release. But testing in the real world is
a different beast -- hence this Testing Program -- and things can go wrong on devices in the real world that
are not seen on the development bench.
Things that tend to go wrong you might be on the lookout for are:
- Poor sizing, or layout of app elements
This can happen between different device sizes, but should be addressed.
- Poor color or contrast
Sometimes presumed default colors are not the same between devices
- Slow to update images
Severity varies, if it happens at all. Related to network speed, but a problem if too common
- Missing images
Has been known to occur, but should be fixed.
- Story edit features
Story edit features should all work, but have had relatively little testing to date.
- "Gem" information and updates
Interaction with the "Gem" dialogs should all work, but has had a problematic history.
- Publishing features
Publishing and commenting features should all work, but have had relatively little testing to date.
- Nearby users and messaging
Has only had superficial testing so far.
Submitting a bug report
Bug reports are submitted by email.
Please use this Bug Reporting Template by copying and pasting the text into
an email addressed to email@example.com.
Give a title describing your bug as the subject of the email message, and complete the form to report your bug.
Please use a separate email for each reported bug.
Finding your app/device identifier:
When submitting a bug report, you will be asked for your device identifier.
This is a number that uniquely defines the installation of WanWan on your device, and is helpful
to QA investigation into your bug report.
You can find this by going to 'help/settings' (rightmost icon on bottom toolbar) and selecting "Credits". After
the initial title, there is a 'build info' section. at the bottom of this is listed your device ID.
Note that you can stop the automatic scroll of the credits by touching the credits display and then scrolling manually
to reveal the desired portion.