Mobile Application Type Productivity Applications

A productivity application enables tasks that are based on the organization and manipulation of detailed information. People use productivity applications to accomplish important tasks. Mail is a good example of a productivity application. Seriousness of purpose does not mean that productivity applications should attempt to appear serious by providing a dry, uninspiring user experience, but it does mean that users appreciate a streamlined approach that does not hinder them. To this end, successful productivity applications keep the user experience focused on the task, so people can quickly find what they need, easily perform the necessary actions, complete the task, and … Click here to continue…..

Limitations of Mobile Application Development

An mobile device is not a desktop or laptop computer, and a mobile application is not the same as a desktop application. Although these seem merely common-sense statements, it is nonetheless paramount to keep them in mind as you embark on developing software for these devices. Designing software for mobile devices requires a state of mind that may or may not be second nature to you. In particular, if the bulk of your experience lies in developing desktop applications, you should be aware of the significant differences between designing software for a mobile device and for a computer. This section … Click here to continue…..

Mobile Web-sites & Apps Testing on Device Hardware

Testing on actual device hardware can be costly, but will always provide the most accurate results. Pros Testing on actual devices provides access to real device capabilities and constraints. These include device CPU, physical size, manipulation options, screen size, dpi, screen quality, and overall device responsiveness. Testing on devices (using a network SIM card) will also enable you to determine the impact of network speed and latency. Cons Testing on actual devices is expensive. Unless you have access to a local test lab (or a community through which you can borrow devices), you will need to purchase the devices you … Click here to continue…..

Mobile Web-sites & Apps Testing on Emulators & Simulators

Emulators and simulators are often free of charge, and so can prove a useful and economical addition to your test routine. It is important, however, to understand the differences between an emulator and a simulator. Emulators An emulator is a piece of software “that translates compiled code from an original architecture to the platform where it is running” (see “Programming the Mobile Web.” O’Reilly, 2010). Emulator’s don’t simply simulate a device’s operating system; they provide a means to run a virtual version of it on your computer (often down to the specific version number). Emulators therefore provide a useful and … Click here to continue…..

Mobile Web-sites & Apps Testing on Desktop Browsers

Desktop browsers can be extremely useful when developing mobile web sites and apps. Although they are no replacement for testing on actual devices, they do provide robust debugging options and can be used to simulate mobile screen sizes. Pros Desktop browsers are free, familiar, and require no special hardware. Testing on desktop browsers can also be automated using tools such as Visual Studio 2011, or Selenium and Watir. Modern desktop browsers can easily be resized to mimic an average smartphone screen (although several can only be resized down to approximately 480px. Due to the popularity of responsive design, there are … Click here to continue…..