What Is Beta Testing?
Beta Testing is the last phase of tests your web or mobile app goes through before it gets into the hands of your potential users.
To put it another way, it’s a final opportunity for you as a startup founder or product manager to catch bugs and improve the UX (user experience) before your app is out in the wild.
Beta Testing vs Alpha Testing
Alpha Testing is considered a form of “internal acceptance testing” conducted in-house by developers and testers.
Unlike the alpha phase, the focus of beta testing is not on designers or developers who were involved in creating the app, but instead on consumers or businesses that are the target user base for the product.
Some projects do invite external users as early as the alpha phase, but it’s generally in a more limited capacity than during the beta phase.
The simulated environment of alpha tests can’t account for all combinations of conditions, whether they be network conditions, device variations (screen sizes/resolutions, different device or OS versions), or use cases not thought of during in-house testing.