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Test kit for Android enables enhanced user experience

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:test development kit? Android? user experience?

Wind River Systems Inc. has rolled out the Wind River UX testing solution that validates device user experience by creating human interactions to test user interfaces. The Android test development kit is an Eclipse-based test-authoring environment that reproduces automated test scripts for Android devices, applications and browser-based web content. According to the company, the automated execution of these real-world tests can replace a significant amount of manual testing and reduce testing time by as much as 70 percent.

"Among the motives for why consumers return their mobile devices, a top reason is a disappointing user experience. By using breakthrough Wind River innovation to construct efficient testing tools to develop reliable applications and fulfilling user experiences, operators and device manufacturers can create greater customer satisfaction to improve the bottom line," said Venkatesh Kumaran, Wind River India country manager. "Wind River is changing the user experience test paradigm. Wind River UX Test Development Kit tests are reusable across hardware configuration and software versions, helping to decrease the effort to build test scripts for new use cases."

The UX automated tests manipulate the device like a real-world user by interacting with applications through the user interface. For example, a quality assurance engineer can automate scenarios to test the user experience when interacting with graphic interface elements such as dragging items or typing entries on a physical or virtual keyboard. Unlike legacy user interface testing solutions, the same test script can be used for Android devices with different hardware characteristics, allowing the quality assurance team to maintain the same test-case database whether the device under test is a smartphone, tablet or any other Android device. Test scripts authored using UX Test Development Kit are fully managed and automatically executed using Wind River Framework for Automated Software Testing (FAST) for Android, a comprehensive automated software testing solution for Android-based devices.

UX Test Development Kit includes abstract tests for standard Android applications such as browser, camera, contacts, media player and e-mail as well as sample test scripts for Android Market applications such as Google Maps, Facebook and Twitter. It also allows rapid creation of test scripts that interact with HTML5 applications and web pages through the native Android browser. To facilitate troubleshooting, it runs an advanced debugging mechanism to track and more readily identify software issues.





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