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QA Tester Tips: How to Evaluate Apps for the Apple Watch?

April 10, 2015 by Jennifer Birch Leave a Comment

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With the upcoming release of the much-awaited wearable from Tim Cook’s camp, many developers are excited to create their own applications for the Apple Watch. Set to be launched early this year, the wearable is bound to be one of the top smartwatches in 2015, based on Quartz. If you will be assigned to evaluate applications for the said device, here are some tips that can help you out:

1. Evaluate features and functionalities of the wearable

The initial step is to analyze the features and functionalities of the device. This will allow you to locate which of these functions are highly utilized by the app. According to Gsmarena, here are the specifications to take into consideration:

Screen: The display turns on when you lift your wrist. It has the Glances feature that allows the user to change pages on the touchscreen, force-sensitive display though swipes or presses.

  • Voice command: It works with Siri, where it can recognize commands and answer questions, as well as provide answers instantly.
  • Interactivity: The company added the options for emoji and quick sketches.
  • Health: It can monitor heart rate and provide GPS maps.
  • Additional feature: This watch works with Apple Pay.
  • Charger: Magsafe wireless adapter
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2. Consider its limitations

It’s highly important to take note of some of the downsides of the gadget, like its battery life. Given its smaller dimensions and less mobile functionality, most wearables have a small battery pack.

If the gadget uses a color display, then expect it to consume more power than the e-ink smartwatches such as the Pebble. The application to be reviewed must not drain the device completely; otherwise no one would want to install it.

Apart from its battery, you will have to consider that the wearable is not a standalone device. It will need to be paired to the latest Apple smartphones (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) in order to perform most of its mobile functions.

3. Sending of notification

Although the main purpose of smartwatches is to provide users a quick glance of their handset’s notifications, some updates are not necessarily needed to be shown on the watch.

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If all the apps installed on the wearable always send notice to the gadget, then expect its battery to drain quickly. Recommend taking out the option for the app to run in the background, as it is also a known cause for the battery to decrease quickly.

4. Functionality more than anything

Applications for the Apple Watch must be fully functional in all its form. Based on the Common App Rejection list of Apple, “not enough lasting value” is one of the reasons why people do not install or uninstall application.

Is the app necessary for the user to install? Will it boost any of the watch’s built-in feature/s? These questions will determine the success of the app. Apple’s developer page gave this simple tip: “Take a look at the apps in your category on the App Store and consider how you can provide an even better user experience.”

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5. Focus on user interface and overall design

If there’s anything that Apple took seriously in this smartwatch, then that will be its overall design – and the application must also have the said qualities. The user interface of the app to be reviewed must fit the small screen and functions of the device.

The logo to be used and how it should appear on the home screen must be well-designed. Although it is inevitable, it’s important to ensure that the application is bug-free before launching it on the app store by running several tests. If errors persist, make sure to fix the problem instantly.

With the above mentioned tips, it can guarantee that your company’s Apple Watch application will be a great success on the market. These guidelines will also be helpful for those who are planning to make their website responsive on these 2-inch small screens. You can visit our previous post on how to test responsive web design.

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