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Monthly Archives: November 2011

LogiGear Magazine – November 2011 – Mobile Application Testing

LogiGear Magazine – November 2011 – Mobile Application Testing Issue

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Extending Test Automation to Mobile Applications

Gal Tunik explains the necessity of test automation in mobile applications, citing the unique challenges that that platform raises, including the intricate differences between mobile and desktop interfaces, and performance test results for applications as well as mobile networks.

It is no surprise in this day and age of instant-on gratification that mobile devices are gaining momentum. People have become accustomed to accessing information when they want it, wherever they are, and the mobile device is one way to stay connected. Across all industries, companies are realizing that to remain competitive, they must provide customers with ways to make everyday connectivity to the world easier. However, in order to create a successful mobile application, it is important that companies conduct the necessary tests to ensure that it is market-ready.

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HCMC: MOTORBIKE CITY

Ingenuity reigns as the Vietnamese prove that cars are second best when it comes to transporting heavy loads and entire families.

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Interview: Robert V. Binder

CEO and founder of mVerify Corporation, Robert V. Binder tackles questions from field testers regarding such issues as strategic considerations when dealing with single stack apps versus globalized enterprise mobile apps, and methods and tools that developers and testers should be aware of. He also offers his own advice from lessons learned from experience.

1. What are the popular mobile platforms out there?

The handheld platform installed base is rapidly evolving, according to Comscore. From May to August of 2011, Android’s share of US smartphones was up 6% to 43.7%. Apple’s iOS increased slightly to 27.3% in the same period, while RIM’s Blackberry OS slipped 5 points to a 19.7% share. Windows Mobile was nearly unchanged at 5.7%, with Symbian shrinking to 1.8%, down from 2.1%.

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Letter From The Editor – November 2011

Everything is mobile. What else can we say? Everything. If your product or service is currently not, it will be very soon.  As Apple says: “There’s an app for that.” There is an app for everything.  The race for mobile apps has consumed the software development world.

I did a few projects at Palm Computing in the late 90s. Their Palm Pilot became the first commercially successful handheld computer. It was an exciting time. And still, to have so many people around the world buying these devices seemed a bit odd─why would so many people want to carry around a little computer with them? At the same time, I did a few projects at Unwired Planet (which became Openwave) as well. Openwave is historically significant in its introduction of the Mobile Internet. With its implementation of WAP (wireless application protocol) mobile phones with a browser were an odd new invention where you could have the internet on your phone─anywhere!

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What Matters in Mobile Testing?

By John Roets

Devices matter. We don’t yet trust the mobile devices like we trust desktops and laptops. In the course of testing traditional web applications, rarely do you have to think about the model of the actual machine. In mobile, however, the behavior of an application can vary from device to device. You can no longer just think about browser/OS combinations.

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The Mobile Guru

By Harshal Kharod

The phenomenal growth of smartphones has opened up avenues for organizations to integrate the devices into the mainstream computing environment. Today’s mobile applications manage to deliver complex functionality on platforms that, by themselves, have limited resources for computing.

Unlike the PC-based universe, the mobile environment is comprised of a number of devices with diverse hardware and software configurations and communication intricacies. This diversity in mobile computing environments presents unique challenges in application development, quality assurance, and deployment, necessitating unique testing strategies. Many enterprise applications that were originally deployed as desktop/web applications are now being ported to mobile devices.

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