Android Takes Lead Among Mobile Developers as the Fastest OS to Use When Creating Apps

A recent report has revealed that Mobile application developers say creating apps on Android is faster than any other system. The statistics from Evans Data report that 41 percent of developers think that it's quickest to write apps for the Android mobile operating system, compared with 36 percent for iOS, and 34 percent for Windows Phone. The bulk of that time is spent on testing and debugging processes on all mobile operating systems apart from Firefox OS and Tizen, for which the actual coding takes longest.

These figures from the bi-annual Evans Mobile Development Survey might come as a surprise, as time has shown that it is simpler to create universally compatible apps for iOS devices, which have fewer form factors. However, where tablets are concerned, 84 percent of survey respondents claimed they target Android, compared with 62 percent for iOS, with 72 percent claiming that they emulate screen sizes during the testing process. Janel Garvin,the CEO of Evans Data, commented, "Targeting multiple screen sizes is definitely the way to go. The benefit of having your app run across the gamut of device types is obvious, and while there are difficulties in synchronization across device types, and in the range of graphics capabilities that are supported by different screens, the benefits still outweigh the effort."

Global Mobile - Adapting to the Rising Market

Living on-the-go has become commonplace among business professionals. As a result, mobile access from devices such as smartphones has become increasingly crucial.  UberMedia pulled some interesting facts and stats and found that smart phone users use these devices for an impressive variety of tasks. It isn't a stretch, then, to deduce that mobile applications and their functionalities and availability to perform cross-device have a huge impact on their use. Here are the facts:

  • 27% of business travelers have changed their airline preference based on mobile usability
  • 54% use mobile wallet apps or payment systems
  • 33% use a tablet instead of a laptop for presentations
  • Smartphones have replaced some everyday objects such as newspapers (37%), day planners (46%), cameras (54%) and alarm clocks (56%)
  • 81% play mobile games at least once a week
  • 44% use finance apps at least once a day
  • 80% use sports apps once a week
  • 44% use shopping apps once or more a day

Partnerships Drive Synergy for Global Success

No matter how advanced our technology has become, the size of the world has not changed. People and businesses still stretch across continents, some separated by thousands of miles.  The Cloud and the internet helps build bridges across these distances, but not even the most sophisticated of mobile applications can completely fill in the gaps left by differences in locations. To make matters even more complicated, each business has its own niche that it occupies. As everyone knows, there are hundreds of competitors for each runway, and each business races to stay on top. During this struggle, a business “runner” aims for the quickest and most efficient way of getting things done, but this approach can sometimes cause them to miss out on benefits they would have if they slowed down; or just had a helping hand.

Visual Test Automation Leads the Future of the Software Testing Industry

Today’s test automation technology in general relies primarily on the test object recognition aspect.  This means that any testing tool is required to identify test objects of the application under test (AUT) and successfully recognize it during creation of the script and its playback. Conventional test automation technologies developed are based on API object recognition, where each singular client API's is correlated with the testing tool technology’s test object class. In the modern testing world, this approach is insufficient due to the existence of a variety of different clients for one application under test - ie browsers, client-server applications, etc. With most tools, you can only recognize one set of objects per script per AUT. Therefore, if you are automating different clients of the same applications (which may be different browser flavors or different version of client or native mobile apps) you will, in most cases, need to recreate the script. This approach tremendously increases maintenance requirements of test automation framework and makes it very costly and many times more impractical. This inevitably forces many organizations to roll back to manual testing rather than supporting test automation.

zapFARM Paves the Way for Cost-Efficient Mobile Device Testing!

Currently, the process of mobile test automation requires hosting of mobile devices under test. Modern solutions on the market offer hourly rental of devices – a costly option that has many downfalls. With the continuing rise of technology,  the majority of companies are starting to perform test automation for mobile testing. Most of the time, they don’t have a precise device strategy that may justify a return of investment from such services.  It is very difficult for a company to invest hundreds of thousand dollars solely for devices under test. ZAP Technologies offers a way out of this cycle but providing a solution to solve this problem in the form of zapFARM hosted services. zapFARM offers customers the ability to rent cost-efficient use of mobile devices under test dedicated to them. These devices are available any time anywhere the customer may need them.

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