Wearable Technology QA Challenges

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Wearable devices are the latest technology to catch fire amongst tech lovers. From Apple Watch to Google Glass, wearable tech is becoming more and more mainstream. Yet, these devices are also raising concerns amongst developers and QA testers – fears ranging from functional testing scenarios to UI/UX challenges.

Top Challenges for QA Testers

There are many challenges that QA testers are confronting when it comes to wearable devices, but these four issues are typically top.

  • Businesses must create a good user experience: User experience includes everything from producing an interface that is easy for the consumer to use to verifying that the device looks “cool”. Ensuring that the interface is usable is a major concern since it means stripping down user experience even further than mobile devices. Plus, most people won’t wear a device that isn’t nice to look at.
  • Developers now have to deal with even smaller screens: The device screens on wearable devices range in size from 1.3 to 2-inch displays. Developers now need to really consider what they can logically fit on the screen and really think about how consumers are going to use the interface.
  • Functional testing will have to adapt to the new devices: QA testers will have to come up with new scenarios for testing wearable devices since consumers will be using the devices differently than other types of mobile devices. Tests may include figuring out how the device can and should interact with other devices.
  • Testing must be done on real devices: Emulators are often used as a substitute to testing on real devices. With wearable technology, testing on devices will have to be a necessity. There are very few wearable device emulators in the market, and the ones that are available may produce results that can’t be trusted. Wearable devices aren’t cheap, which means that many in-house testers may not be able to afford to buy these devices. Partnering with an outsourced QA firm may be the more reasonable route.

The use of these devices is expected to rise exponentially over the next few years. Developers and QA testers must adapt to this new landscape and its new challenges.