FaceID, TouchID, location, camera, and conversational interfaces are offered on such a wide array of devices that it’s enough to make a testing professional dizzy. There’s a constant question buzzing in our testing minds: which device supports which feature?
If you aren’t already talking to your watch, your car, or your smartphone, you will be soon. Users love interacting with services and content on their own devices, at their convenience and on their terms- doing so in a more “human” way frees them inconvenient and tedious text entry. Voice interfaces can make commutes more productive, let you quickly find a TV show, or find great recipes without having to juggle a keyboard and mouse with messy baking hands. As a result of this trend, brands are adopting conversational interfaces as a key element of their digital strategy, expanding their presence beyond web browsers and native mobile applications. Ally Bank, for example, already offers a set of “Alexa skills”, including balance checking, money transfers, recent transactions, etc. The growth in developing Alexa skills has been remarkable; they are becoming an increasingly ubiquitous tool.
If you thought web innovation would slow down or end in 2018, we are delighted to tell you that you are wrong. There is a new cross-browser testing framework being adopted in the community. Gauge, a framework sponsored by ThoughtWorks has begun to make noise in a community dominated by Cucumber framework and Selenium
In the age of Agile and Digital Transformation strategies, every brand is looking to set themselves apart. In order to excel strategically in the implementation of your digital transformation you need to be offering services to end users on their terms, on their devices, at their convenience, streamlining and differentiating features. On top of that, end users expect everything to look great, work perfectly…quickly. When choosing your digital transformation strategy, there are key tradeoffs to understand between what are seemingly conflicting agendas: getting features to market faster, increasing presence on users’ devices vs. maintaining high application quality.
Apple (again) reinvented the display with the introduction of the notch on iPhone X screens (soon on 3 more models, and likely, eventually, across the fleet). From a developer perspective, that innovation may not have been as popular. So much so, that Apple approved a ‘Notch Remover” app. The introduction of the notch made it confusing for app developers to know exactly how to develop the app. There is what’s called a “safe area” to develop that does not include the notch and as a result, some apps do indeed decide to stay inside the “safe area”, creating a somewhat ugly layout:
Are you used to getting a certain amount of data from your testing practices? Did you know that today you can extract more data from your existing testing practice…with zero additional effort. This all plays into the shift left movement that delivers insight – earlier and easier. When thinking about shifting left, you should answer one of these questions: 1. What new insights can I gain earlier? 2. How easy is it to implement?
How many times have you heard this phrase while watching a game on your phone: “Touchdown!!” (or GOAL!!) but all you can see is the loading dial? How about this: you are sitting on an airplane, trying to watch a video on the flight WiFi and it just stops or pauses constantly. Maybe you’ve tried to watch some home improvement or recipe video that was impossible to watch because it just kept stalling?
Prior to the iPhone X launch, many people doubted the premise of leveraging face ID as the exclusive biometric authentication measure. Post launch, the Face ID feature is widely used, and Apple is planning to transition all future devices to this authentication method. For mobile brands, Face ID impacts user adoption and application usage tremendously. It streamlines key transactions in the user flow to a degree that was not possible before. Face ID can streamline
These days, many brands are finding new ways of streamlining the user experience in order to drive higher adoption rates, increased security, and user satisfaction. Onboard sensors offer a great alternative to tedious manual data entry; in many cases, this not only enhances and simplifies the user experience, but also can allow for the creation of new and compelling flows. Indeed, the successes which have followed the addition of fingerprint ID- and soon, face ID-
Perfecto is excited to announce the availability of iPhone 8, 8+, running iOS 11 GA, as of today, Sep 22nd, 2017, 8AM EST. iPhone 8 and iOS 11 pack a number of new features and changes that require intensive testing for all applications, web and mobile. The majority of Perfecto customers were able to preorder these devices in advance and start testing already this morning. The ability to run automated testing in a cloud environment
In our business, we have a unique opportunity to see the strategic problems which, sadly, lead some teams to fall short of their web quality goals. The direct outcome of these failures: poor customer experiences and impacts on businesses’ bottom lines. Also, having to retool your quality strategy costs time and money- and sometimes even employees! So, you’d like the recipe for cross-browser testing success? Well, in principle, the ingredients are pretty simple:
We’re excited to share several significant new Perfecto features, driving added value to our customers. Working agile, not all sprints drive significant value; however, some recently released features paint a dazzling picture of value and deliverables! Fastest Desktop Web Solution Release 10.3 included the latest “Turbo Web” solution. The new solution features a 3-4 second browser launch time and accelerated script execution process. We’ve tried this with a number of customer test automation scripts. The
The usage of biometric sensors, such as Touch ID or fingerprint authentication, to elevate the security of mobile applications has been proliferating significantly. A key factor in this trend is the convenience and simplicity offered to the end user via onboard sensors. Users and brands are benefitting from increased sense of security in user flows: initially, biometrics were perceived as a credential-form replacement at the login stage. However, nowadays, in-app transactions such as purchases (games,
At Perfecto, since the introduction of desktop web browsers to the continuous quality lab, we’re seeing tremendous growth in new test cases, acceleration in frequency of executions, usage of key browsers and versions, and overall significant growth in the number of executions with a need for web test automation. This isn’t unique to Perfecto’s customers: we see a clear intensification of the test activities, whether managed within the test team, development team or both. Another
Video streaming is becoming one of the key elements of modern digital applications. They enable innovation, new user experiences and new business models in many verticals, from retail, FinServ, social, media, etc. The entire ecosystem is going through a revolution: the application architecture is changing – the delivery formats, screens and devices used to consume content, etc. I am joined by my colleague Stephen Dolan Sr, Product Manager at Accenture, to discuss some of the
In the current age of delivering highly complex digital applications, in a competitive market for high-expectation end users, maintaining quality seems like a daunting task. Furthermore, agile cycles are shrinking to meet competitive deadlines. A typical product owner needs to balance 3 sprint investments (frankly, on a daily basis): innovation, tech debt and bugs, and testing. They all need to be optimized. In the case of testing that means considering: efficient parallel executions, ongoing availability
About Windows 10 Surface Windows 10 Surface machines are becoming popular laptops, so many enterprises are developing Windows applications for this platform. The default browser on these machines is Microsoft Edge, which has several form factors and can behave as a laptop or a tablet. In short, there’s a lot that’s new and different on these machines that can go wrong. Naturally, test automation is the appropriate direction for ensuring high quality of applications and
Mobile Testing Background Have you ever been in a situation where you’re trying to hail a car service or find a nearby coffee shop and your phone location has you a few blocks away, and the circle covers a two miles radius? Understandably, it drives users nuts! This is why it's important to have mobile testing for your location-based app. Figure 1: Location accuracy could impact where your driver would pick you up. Many
Performance Testing Has Evolved Performance testing does not resemble what it used to be, say, five years ago. When you examine the tools provided and their capabilities, they tell a story. Careful examination and tuning of the scalability, potential break points, and efficiency of backend services was the main objective. What changed? Here are a few pointers to get started: Digital transformation: The pivotal role played by mobile apps and web sites in the core
Out-of-window user interaction is fairly common these days with desktop websites. Popups can be used to grab users’ attention or to serve a specific function that one may not want to deliver in the body of the page, etc. Some examples include login popup, and the ability to save or refresh a password in the browser. Recently, HTML5 added common popups which request access to user location, microphone, and memory. The latter, for example, allows
Insurance companies are making their way into the digital space after a slow uptake compared to fintech and retail verticals who have responded to the rapid digital disruption. There’s no denying that QA, test and dev teams in this industry face many hurdles in terms of rolling out quality mobile and web apps, and providing optimal UX across the many complex digital touch points associated with insurance transactions. The big question now is how
Responsive web development requires detailed attention when incorporating testing practices; the same (hopefully) code is intended to render on many screen sizes and operating systems/versions. In addition, HTML5 functionality may assume access to local sensors to drive a richer and streamlined experience, for example, automatic location detection, further complicating the responsive web test strategy. The testing matrix becomes sizable, while the time-to-test shrinks from increasing competitive pressure and the transition to agile. In this article I'll
Perfecto’s Release 9.3 delivers a significant number of new capabilities and service improvements. It’s not every release about which we’d write a dedicated blog post, however I felt compelled to share my perspective on the value points that this tremendous release delivers. In the area of digital testing, we’ve made a significant leap in our alignment with market share of desktop OS and browsers. According to Net Market Share, the following represents the current distribution: Desktop
In their Q3’ 2017 earnings report, Bank of America reported growth in their online and digital banking adoption to 21 million mobile banking active users. "That’s better for customers, it’s also better for our shareholders," said Paul Donofrio, Bank of America CFO. "It’s one-tenth the cost of walking into a branch.” Key to mobile banking continuous quality success is automation. The Bank of America example is not unique and is in line with the trend toward digital banking interactions