Wearable Apps: Ten Factors Developers and Testers Need to Know

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A Proper Test Plan

It is important to understand that wearables are strongly dependent on smartphone mobile apps. They require unique use cases and functionality in extremely limited conditions, which mandates dedicated test case scenarios. To ensure you have a complete scenario, make sure your mobile-wearable test plans cover the following:

  • Functional (Real Devices)
  • Performance Testing
  • Interoperability (IOP)
  • Memory Leak
  • Installation Testing
  • Usability Testing
  • Security Testing
  • Localization
  • Connectivity

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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