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Expansion of Android Landscape Increasing App Developers’ Pain Part 3

Fragmentation on Testing for Android
Fragmentation on Testing for Android

Previously in part 1 and par 2, we have analyzed acute fragmentation issues on Android OS and now in this post, we will go to see its effects on testing process and quality maintenance of Android application during and after the app development process.

Testing a Big Challenge

Now, we know that numerous Android OS are running on the litany of Android devices with acute hardware fragmentation. Thus, testing on different hardware competency and screen sizes poses big challenges to the Android app programmers as well as Android app development companies to invest on in terms of time, resources, and money to buy rang of devices with different OS.

Infeasible Manual Testing

At other hand, testing manually on range of devices is not economically feasible at all. Therefore, thinking of automated testing is not a kooky idea at all. If we are going to test everything manually on numerous devices, we can’t touch our deadlines so we need to reduce the number of devices for testing. This again proves hazardous to our quality maintenance promises made to the clienteles.

Testing on Cloud

Unfortunately, not all tests are giving satisfactory results if we run on automated software or simulators and Test Cloud for Android developers is a bit new thing. No doubt, numbers of Android app developers taking interests in Xamarin Test Cloud are increasing day-by-day and they cautiously anticipate targeting the latest features of Lollipop on various cloud testing solutions.

Reliability of Remote Testing Labs

For freelancers and small scale Android app development companies, spending on Android devices for testing are nearly impossible burden to bear at financial point of view and at ROI aspect. Therefore, many smart developers and companies have created testing labs in regional bases as well as offering remote testing facilities for charges.

Unfortunately, it has many limitations and offering better user experiences through such testing method is never preferable. Therefore, fragmentation on Android platform exert acute pain on testing fronts.

Features to Test the Most

With introduction of Lollipop, Android platform has begun new era of Material design so Android developers are more cautious to craft excellent user experiences and testing them frequently. Beacon and Bluetooth related technologies are touching new high and their innovative applications are exciting Android developers to test various parameters using Cloud testing as well as manual testing with real devices. Enterprise Android developers are more focused on new release Android for Work and testing its security as well as management aspects.

Fortunately, Lujayn has expert Android application developers who know how to beat such fragmentation issues on testing fronts and have adequate infrastructure to meet the needs.

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Continuous Input (CI) Designing in Mobile A UX Challenge

Continuous Input - CI - Designing
Continuous Input – CI – Designing

In high-tech mobility era, we have more than on input methods for our modern handheld sets. Keyboard, be it virtual form or actual form, becomes the primary methods of input for our tiny computers like smartphones and tablets. Recent invention of voice recognition software has gain good favor, but unable to replace traditional keyboards at all.

Text Inputs Are Trendy

No doubt, numbers of high-end voice recognition software have abilities to translate your words into the texts, but they are useless when privacy and public places are in question. Therefore, our new generation and tech-savvy elders are chat-o-holic and found constantly engaged with their mobile devices whether standstill or on the go.

Continuous Input Methods

Considering the trends, many innovators have created innovative keyboards to help texts chats lovers on the fly. They have developed keyboards capable to do continuous inputs without any interruption occurred by lifting and again pushing the keys because they have implemented swipe gesture where finger constantly moving without losing its contact with touch screen and simply push desired keys with a bit more pressure on the fingertip.

CI Software

No doubt, Android mobile platform is ahead in development and popularization of such continuous input (CI) software for Android devices and OS. Recently, iOS 8 has declared its support for the 3rd party keyboards in somewhat selective and restrictive manners so we have SwiftKey, Fleksy, and Swype like high-end virtual keyboards available for our iPhone and iPad devices.

Characteristics of CI Software

SwiftKey has great autocorrect, autosuggestions, and swipe-to-type functionality. It also uses Facebook, Google, and Evernote account synchronization and storage through SwiftKey Cloud to use your history for accurate and personalized prediction algorithm. Unfortunately, Swype has all features that SwiftKey has, except these sync and Cloud.

However, Fleksy is outstanding keyboard being extremely simple, but working in extraordinary ways. It offers emoji support and intuitive to do highly rapid typing against its all rivals. Whatever, pros and cons of such continuous input devices, they are great to ease and make typing rapid and forcing modern mobile app designers to incorporate them in their designing and prototyping the best user experiences.

Problems of CI Designing in UX and Usability

In due course, many designers have run guerrilla and in-depth surveys to know UX and usability issues of CI designing. During such tests, designers have found few problems that leaving deep impacts on the UX and usability of prevailing CI software paradigm. For instance, if user is not using her memory to recall the key location, she has to look at the keyboard and recognize the key hidden behind the fatty finger. This is the most frustrating experience for majority of newbie and some mid-level experts too.

Possible Solution of CI Designing in UX and Usability

Researchers have found out that recalling memory is the main cause of problem or chain of problems. Therefore, they put emphasis on recognition rather than recall for keys hidden behind the finger. Unfortunately, we have not advance technologies that can simulate the 3D interfaces used in many Sci-Fi movies or TV serials including “Star Treck” where users have ample room to see keys in 3D space and above as well as below the finger.

The practical solution is to create one more keyboard on the screen that simply refers the portion of the actual keyboard in somewhat miniature size keys. If we refer actual keyboard as AK and reference of it as RK, we can place these semitransparent RK on the top lines of the screen to avoid further congestion on the tiny screen of mobile handsets. Of course, addition of virtual spot tracker is essential to know your current finger position.

No doubt, this sort of solution when incorporate with CI software or implement mobile devices, chances are high to consume processing power as well. However, the true usability and user experiences issues may come on the surface when actual solution will developed and tested with real users in practical world. Meanwhile, we have to rely on the smart solutions offered by smart mobile app developers particularly iPhone app developers belong to the reputed mobile application development companies like Lujayn.