Summary of Device Coverage Report 2021

There are nearly 6 million apps that are distributed across the globe through different app distribution markets. This number is climbing as many more apps are being developed daily. Gone are the days when we had apps only to play games on mobile devices. The new age of app development has revealed that we are closing in on having apps for every need. With the help of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Augmented and Virtual Reality, we are able to achieve more than what we could ever imagine.

Importance of omni-channel communication and devices

As there are a lot of new technologies and devices being brought into the market. The coverage of smart devices is becoming the key components of the digital world. Smart devices such as -

  • Voice Assistant Speakers,
  • Smart Watches,
  • Augmented/virtual reality

While the interaction with smart devices is becoming more promising and easy, however, they are leaving a bitter taste when not done right. When smart devices don’t understand what you say and ask you to repeat the same thing multiple times. It could get a bit frustrating. Ensuring that your apps perform well in most if not all situations can be guaranteed when devices are tested thoroughly. However, considering the challenges faced because of Device Fragmentation setting up and maintaining a lab of your own is an expensive and tedious process.

Being in the testing space, we need to scale up our testing efforts. Since many businesses have developed apps of their own to ease access to their customers, the duty to test apps thoroughly takes utmost priority.

Challenges of App Testing

Device Fragmentation

Since the market share of devices that are being used by consumers is quite vast. Ensuring that your apps work well with most if not all devices would mean that you test the apps on a select the right devices to cover the target user base.

We also need to keep in mind that different digital avenues other than Mobile devices such as tablets and desktop systems are also used to access apps these days. And not just that the evolving digital world is moving towards utilizing other digital touchpoints such as wearable devices, smart speakers, etc. to reach the maximum number of consumers on the maximum number of devices. This would mean that as an App Development firm you will need to have complete device coverage to ensure that your apps function perfectly on most if not all devices. Click on the link here to understand Why you need to test your app on different devices?

OS Fragmentation

Sometimes you would have to change your device to take advantage of the updates. Though the adoption rate of iOS is much higher than that of the Android versions. There are still a lot of users who just want to stick to using older devices that run android versions of 5.1 Lollipop or iOS versions of 12.4. Ensuring that we test across different devices and their OS versions is crucial for the success of any Mobile App.

Mobile/Tablets and Web Apps

Choosing the Right Testing Platform

  • Device Fragmentation — Does the Testing platform have the devices that you are looking for to fulfill your market reach.
  • Availability of devices — How easily can you access the devices that are present on the platform?
  • - Does the platform integrate with your build systems/Dev IDEs or continuous integration systems?
  • Automation — Does the platform let you automate your tests? Does the platform support the automation tools or frameworks that you use?
  • Types of Testing — What are the different types of testing you require? Will the platform be able to perform the functional testing aspects that you are looking for?
  • Security — Can your app be uploaded on an external cloud or does it need to be testing within an internal server? Does the platform support testing on a Private server?

pCloudy Device Coverage

We have gathered this data from a combination of the usage pattern of devices by our users on the platform and the compilation of usage statistics that are recorded throughout the year. A majority of our user base comes from the US and India regions specifically. The report consists of the 30 most preferred devices for testing in the US and India based on some specific parameters.

Key Takeaways

Originally published at https://www.pcloudy.com.

pCloudy is the most powerful cloud-based App Testing Platform. Brand Marketing @ pCloudy (www.pcloudy.com)