Keynote DeviceAnywhere Announces Support for iOS 7, Android 4.3, as well as Some Exciting New Features Coming to the DeviceAnywhere Platform!
By Josh Galde | September 23, 2013
This past week Apple released its latest iPhone – the iPhone 5S and 5C to much adoration and applause. And while people were standing in line to get their new handset, Keynote’s DeviceAnywhere team was busy updating many of our existing devices to the latest operating system – iOS 7. Today, Keynote is pleased to announce its full support of iOS 7!
This newly redesigned OS by Apple includes “an entirely new user interface and over 200 new features, so it’s like getting a brand new device, but one that will still be instantly familiar to users” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
And existing users are flocking to the new OS. According to a recent report – “48 hours following the release of iOS 7, nearly 32% of North American iOS-based Web traffic was generated by iOS 7 users. This outpaces iOS 6, which took about three days to cross the 30% threshold.”
While this is great news for users of Apple customers, this adds yet another layer to the complex fragmented marketplace of devices, simply put even though a large number of iOS users upgraded, there will still be many users on older iOS versions for years to come. A recent study indicated that companies should support as many as two previously released versions, in this case, iOS 6 and iOS 5. Since all users on every iOS has access to the App store they therefore can make comments and lower your star rating should an app not perform as intended or worse, crash!
The pressure to develop quickly on iOS 7 has increased demand for testing of such apps in a timely manner. Keynote has been working with the iOS 7 beta for a while now in preparation for this launch. This was done to not only prepare for the release, but also to ensure the standard our customers have grown expect.
Also, the Keynote DeviceAnywhere team is working on our patented, full hardware integration of the new iPhone 5S and 5C that include those exciting new features we’ve been hearing about such as advanced multi-tasking, and a new method of engagement with the device using fingerprint login. As expected these enhancements will surely require some changes within your test plans and test cases.
For Android, the changes are less notable, but nonetheless still important. As the battle continues to rage between Apple and Samsung over market dominance, the need to support all of Android’s OS versions grows more complex and more fragmented. While in iOS there is a high adoption rate, that cannot be said for Android. While we wait for devices (such as the Google Nexus) with Android 4.3 to be released the Keynote DeviceAnywhere team is busy preparing to update existing devices (while keeping some older ones on legacy versions) as well as integrating newer devices including the Google Nexus.
Also, Keynote is excited to announce some new features coming this fall including:
The ability to write scripts on iOS devices that work across all iOS devices with software version 5.x+, regardless of UI differences. Similar to our current Android object capability, these scripts operate on native application objects. We encourage customers to utilize this new functionality, which will serve to make all scripts much more robust over time to similar changes like the ones in iOS 7.
Ability to upload signed or unsigned .ipa files to any DeviceAnywhere iOS device, whether jailbroken or not, including those on iOS 7. For questions and guidance on these new mobile market changes and their implications on your testing strategy, feel free to contact us here or call our office @ +1(650)403-2451.