In the first blog post of the smartwatch app testing series I will write about Tizen OS. Tizen is an open source operating system built from scratch, developed and supported by a community of developers under open source governance. The main purpose of this new operating system is to address the needs of all different kind of stakeholders of the mobile and connected device world. This includes mobile device manufacturers, mobile operators or application developers. Tizen OS can be used for different use cases and scenarios, so called Tizen profiles. There are profiles for Tizen Mobile, Tizen TV, Tizen IVI (in-vehicle infotainment) and Tizen Wearable. For my series I will focus on the Tizen Wearable profile and will provide you with useful information to get to know this section of the Tizen operating system.
Tizen OS is a pretty new operating system and there are not as many manufacturers out there using Tizen Wearable on their smartwatches as Android Wear for example. Therefore, I will focus in this post on the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. If you want to get started with Tizen OS, I recommend you to read about the operating system on tizen.org. If you want to install and use the development SDK download it from here. In the getting started section you get all the details about the SDK. If you want to get more information about the architecture of Tizen, read more about here.
Smartwatches are available since a couple of years and they are becoming more and more important in the wearable industry. In 2015, more than 24 million smartwatches were sold worldwide and this number will likely increase in the next upcoming years. The first editions of the different smartwatches weren’t that mature and offered not that many apps and functionality. However, this might change in the near future and smartwatches can become the next big thing and will extend smartphones and tablets with useful functions. It may happen that you or your company decides to write an extension for your existing Android, iOS app also for the different smartwatch operating systems.
This extension to the mobile apps add more complexity to your environment from a development and testing perspective. In order to handle the new complexity and the challenges this series will help you to understand the different smartwatch platforms and provides you with useful testing ideas to handle this situation.
In the upcoming series I will focus on the following smartwatch platforms:
The following article “2016 Will Be the Year for Wearables So Test Wisely” is a guest blog post by Eran Kinsbruner who is the Mobile Evangelist at Perfecto, one of the leading mobile cloud and automation companies. This article is the introduction to my smartwatch app testing series which will start next week.
You don’t have to look far to see the digital transition in practice. Airlines, banks and retail giants are making their products available on various digital platforms to satisfy their customers, grow their business and compete in a challenging market. Wearable devices such as smartwatches and health and fitness trackers will continue making progress in 2016. According to an IDC report, basic wearables such as fitness trackers are growing by 76% year-over-year, while smart wearables like smartwatches are growing far faster.