We’ve had some exciting new feature releases this month, especially when it comes to our best-in-class bug reporting product. We’ve also iterated on our major in-app survey releases from last month, while we continue to move our crash reporting product ever forward.
These product updates aim to address the most common pain points app developers face when it comes to fixing bugs and crashes. They also include user feedback features that help keep app end users engaged to increase time on app and boost retention rates. Let’s dive in.
- Auto Screen Recording
- Network Performance Monitoring
- Extended Bug Reports
- Bug Reporting Categories
- Enhanced In-App Notifications
- Cross-Platform Support
This month, we’ve released several new bug reporting features that aim to solve some of the most common problems faced by app developers when it comes to fixing bugs.
Introducing Auto Screen Recording [BETA]
Reproduce bugs even faster. Following up on last month’s Visual Repro Steps release, our Auto Screen Recording feature takes user steps to the next level. With this new capability, your app users’ actions are automatically recorded from session start to bug report, with a maximum duration of the last 30 seconds before a bug is reported.
With Auto Screen Recording, you’ll be able to see every view your users navigated to before they reported a bug, as well as anywhere they touch the screen, which is highlighted with a red circle.
Auto Screen Recording Customizations:
- Define the screen recording duration between one to 30 seconds.
- Exclude any UI component or view from the recording to protect your users’ privacy.
Please note that Auto Screen Recording is a beta feature. We’ve conducted many experiments to optimize performance and we’re working on more enhancements. Your feedback and suggestions are highly appreciated! Just ping us in the Instabug dashboard. 😊
Network Performance Monitoring
Last month, we introduced a new error message in bug reports that highlights failed network requests in order to help our users identify and fix problems faster. We’ve iterated on this feature and now, we alert you about the three most common network request errors: network request failures, network requests that timed out, and network requests that took too long to complete.
- Network request failures: Requests that return 4XX or 5XX status codes
- Network requests that timed out: Requests that do not meet the initialized requests timeout threshold and return 0 status codes
- Network requests that took too long to complete: Upper outliers relative to the median of other network requests
Introducing Extended Bug Reports
Understand issues clearly with Extended Bug Reports. One of the most time-consuming and challenging pain points we’ve heard from our users is dealing with bug reports from their end users that lack necessary information, don’t provide enough context, or include irrelevant details.
We’ve found that having standardized bug reports saves 45% of developers’ time, which is why we’ve introduced Extended Bug Reports. This new format includes sections that prompt your testers and users to detail the steps they took in order to reproduce the problem, the actual results they see, and the results that they expected to see.
- How to Get Your Testers To Submit Useful Bug Reports
- The Elements of an Ideal Bug Report
Introducing Bug Reporting And Feedback Categories
Sort and distribute bugs and feedback faster. Another common bottleneck our users have shared with us is categorizing Instabug reports. Wether you do this in the Instabug dashboard or forward issues through our integrations with third-party platforms like Jira or Zendesk and classify them there, one person or team still has to read through every report in order to categorize them.
With bug reporting and feedback categories, you can prompt your app users to self-select the appropriate category of the issue they are reporting before they even submit their report. This way, issues are automatically categorized according to your needs and you’ll be able to send them directly to the relevant person or team handling those problems, like support, engineering, design, or content.
Once a report is submitted, its category will appear above tags, as shown below.
Learn more details about report categories in our documentation.
Introducing Enhanced In-App Notifications
More visible and interactive in-app notifications to keep your app users engaged.
Instead of appearing at the top of your app users’ device screen and disappearing after a few seconds, in-app notifications now appear at the bottom of the screen. They also include “Dismiss” and “Reply” buttons, which allows your app users to read the information in the notification on their own time and dismiss it when they’re ready, or conveniently reply directly from the notification if they so desire.
Introducing Support For Cross-Platform Apps
Bug reporting and in-app feedback for React, Cordova, and Xamarin apps. 🚀 Instabug now supports React Native, Xamarin, and Cordova app creation through one click in our dashboard. Expect to see more features and functionality for cross-platform apps in the coming months.
You’ll receive one token to be used in your initialization code, and all your bugs and chats will be grouped in the same place.
We’re moving our crash reporting product forward. To help our users maintain high-quality apps, we’re rolling out new crash reporting features and enhancements, including these below.
Introducing Crash Severity
Fix urgent crashes faster. Immediately see the severity of any given crash according to four classifications: low, moderate, major, or critical.
When a crash is reported for the first time, its severity is automatically set as “low”. Based on several parameters, including the frequency of the crash, the number of affected users, and the recency of its occurrence, we then automatically and continuously reset the severity to “moderate”, “major”, or “critical”.
The blue horizontal dashes to the left of the crash indicate the crash severity level:
- 0 dashes: Low
- 2 dashes: Moderate
- 3 dashes: Major
- 4 dashes: Critical
Crash reporting is available starting from Instabug’s Bronze Plan.
Introducing Reply To Crashes
Interacting with your end users and providing excellent support keeps them engaged with your app and raises retention rates. For Silver Plan Instabug users, you now have the ability to reply to your app users who experienced a crash.
You can use this function several ways. Notify all users affected by a crash that you’re aware of the problem and are working on it. Or let affected VIP users know that you’ve fixed the crash. Or ask users who reported a specific crash for more information to help reproduce and fix it.
Last month, we introduced some major in-app survey features, including NPS Surveys, Star Ratings, and Custom Targeting. We’ll continue to iterate on our in-app surveys product, including the addition of this function below.
Introducing Reply To Surveys
Close the loop with your survey respondents. Reply to any of your app users who completed a survey to let them know that their voice matters.
Thank your survey respondents for their participation or dig deeper and ask for more details to better understand their thought process and motivate them to engage with you even more.
You can filter survey responses to focus on the users you already have an open thread with or the ones you haven’t replied to.
Your users receive your reply within the app as a new thread initiated by you. To give them context, the initial message in the thread refers to the survey questions and their answers.
Replying to users is supported starting from Instabug’s Silver Plan.