Wearable Apps: Ten Factors Developers and Testers Need to Know

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Wearables Apps

Since wearable apps and smartphone apps are merging, one defect in either device will block the entire app from being released to the market. Testers need to make sure that existing development and test environments are ready and able to cover all user scenarios, coverage goals and quality goals. Wearable apps differ from regular apps in design, functionality (subset of apps), app size, user interaction, hardware and sensors. For instance, developers need to now test the sensors of the Apple Watch and how it responds to notifications on heart rate. Users of the Apple Watch will want it to measure heart rate while performing a sporting activity. This will lead to new considerations for the developers and testers.

Apple's recent release of the Apple Watch has fueled excitement for owning the latest Apple device and the next wearable. While wearables are only a small slice of the greater Internet of Things (IoT) industry, the market is rapidly growing. With IDC forecasting 126.1 million units shipped by 2019 and the worldwide market for IoT solutions growing to $7.1 trillion by 2020, the focus on developing quality apps is now more important than ever.

However, dev/test teams are still struggling to embrace and incorporate IoT into existing development cycles. The biggest challenge for companies that want to develop for wearables is ensuring that quality matches user expectations. If a hotel chain says users can open their hotel room door using Apple Watch, it needs to happen.

How does the mobile app developer and tester combat the new challenges IoT brings to the forefront? By adopting continuous quality as a process to increase the speed of development, keep up with an increasing number of devices that apps should work on, and reduce the number of defects reaching production – ultimately cultivating higher end-user satisfaction.

By testing the application in all scenarios (across a variety of devices, under various network conditions and traffic, etc.) and throughout the entire mobile app development lifecycle, dev/test teams can ensure that they reach the level of quality they're aiming for (the app works where you said it would work, and the brand you represent is being seen as you wish it to be seen).

In this slideshow, Eran Kinsbruner, mobile technical evangelist at Perfecto Mobile, has identified 10 things that developers/testers need to be aware of when developing apps for wearables.

 

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