While an application is being developed, it must undergo several phases of rigorous testing to ensure optimal usability. Once an application passes all tests, it is then ready to be released. A developer knows that an application is ready to be released to the public when it is free of bugs, compatibility issues and is accessible for all users.
Apps Must Be Bug Free
There is nothing more annoying than purchasing or downloading an application just to find that it is riddled with bugs. When there are bugs to contend with, users do not have a good experience because they do not get to enjoy all of the app’s features. The tech crowds may try to create fixes to get around these bugs. If a developer receives too many bad reviews about his or her creations, then he or she can look forward to a tarnished reputation. If a developer wants to be successful, it is in his or her best interest to test the application to ensure it is completely free of bugs before releasing it.
Compatibility Issues Must Be Ironed Out
Before an app is released, it is vital that it is completely compatible with the device that it is designed to work with, so it can be used to the fullest. For instance, if the app is going to work for the Android smart phone, then the developer needs to test it thoroughly to make sure it will work on all models, even those that have the customized Android operating systems. Too often developers have released software applications with compatibility problems. These developers feel that they do not have to take the time to make sure their software is free of these issues because they want to rely on the public to provide them with feedback. While this does seem like the most cost-effective way, it’s also lazy and could hurt a developer badly in the long run. Developers who do not take the time to iron out compatibility problems may receive bad press and not experience the success they want.
Apps Must Be Accessible for All Users
A developer may create an outstanding app that is free of bugs and fully compatible, but if it’s not accessible for all to use it could backfire. Groups of people who are routinely left out are those who have disabilities, the elderly and those who cannot or have not learned to read. For a mobile app to be completely accessible it must work with screen readers and magnifiers, so the blind, elderly and Dyslexic can use it without difficulty. The app must also contain picture controls to match the text, so it can effectively be used by those with cognitive disabilities and literacy troubles.
If an application meets these three criteria, then it is generally ready for public release. Users will be able to fully experience the app, and the developer will maintain a good reputation.
Originally posted 2013-02-06 15:22:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter