Mobile Application Testing – 01 Synergy

April 4th, 2012 by Rahul No comments »

01 Synergy offers a complete and comprehensive range of Mobile Application testing services from Unit Testing to User Acceptance Testing. Complexities across handset makers, carriers, locations and operating systems has made building bug-free mobile apps really difficult.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Requirements Capture and Analysis
  • Test Planning
  • Test case Design
  • Test Execution
  • Defect Tracking & Management
  • Reporting
  • Test Metrics

01 Synergy offers a wide range of Mobile Application testing services, including:

  • Functional Testing
  • Security Testing
  • Load & Performance Testing
  • Localization Testing
  • Usability Testing

Our QA professionals can help you with all your Mobile App testing projects,  including:

  • iOS Application Testing (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
  • Android Application Testing
  • BlackBerry Application Testing
  • Windows Phone 7 Application Testing

01 Synergy is here to help, if you have a need to discuss Mobile application testing, agile testing, do count on us to help. Visit us online at www.01sqa.com or send us a mail here: mobile.testing@01synergy.com

Apple, Google drive smartphone functions into car dashboards

September 4th, 2015 by Amrinder No comments »

Playing deejay with voice commands will get easier for more Americans this fall as some best-selling cars get updated with software that integrates smartphones into the dashboard.

With the 2016 model year, Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto will turn cars as affordable as a base model Chevy Spark into rolling robotic assistants that give directions to nearby restaurants or play the latest hits with commands as simple as “Play Ellie Goulding.”

The Associated Press recently tried out both systems on a 2016 Honda Accord. As with phones, voice-activated car technologies don’t always work as intended, bringing up inaccurate directions or failing to open an app, for example. But overall the two systems are convenient and incredibly intuitive.

Both CarPlay and Android Auto should give drivers more time to keep their eyes on the road compared with the automakers’ own voice systems, which can require multiple steps and looking at on-screen menus. Still, as with any system that requires driver input, there are concerns about distraction.

“Anything that takes your attention away from the task of driving is not something you want to engage in,” said Kathy Lane, a spokeswoman for the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization created by Congress to promote safety.

Neither system has been tested yet by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, says spokesman Russ Rader. The institute studies both human and mechanical factors in trying to reduce the number of vehicle crashes.

A demonstration of Android Auto in Torrance, Calif. Playing deejay with voice commands will get easier for more Americans this fall as some best-selling cars get updated with software that integrates smartphones into the dashboard. (Source: AP)

Consumers increasingly want to use their smartphone while driving — without running afoul of the law. For the last few years, drivers of most new cars have been able to speak to their phones and have audio stream through a car’s speakers using the nearly ubiquitous Bluetooth wireless standard. However, doing so can require fiddling with the phone, like holding down the home button first.

Both CarPlay and Android Auto allow voice commands to be turned on with a touch of a steering wheel button. Phones need to be plugged into the USB port, where the phone is kept charging and powering the in-car entertainment. You can access maps, voicemail, phone contacts and music apps using a touch screen embedded in the dashboard — no need to grab your phone.

There are two limitations with the Apple system, whether or not you’re using it on CarPlay. One is that Apple reserves voice commands for its proprietary apps — phone, maps, texts and Apple Music.

The other is that you must be a subscriber to Apple’s $10 a month Apple Music service if you want ask the digital voice assistant Siri such complicated tasks as “play the top song from 2011.” (It’s Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” if you were wondering.) However, you can use your voice to play songs you have downloaded and own on your iPhone.

The less restrictive Android Auto will allow you to use apps like Spotify as long as you specifically tell it to “play Aerosmith on Spotify,” or set Spotify as the default music app. A Spotify subscription also costs $10 a month.
The systems themselves can cost users a lot more.

The 2016 Honda Accord EX with manual transmission is the lowest trim on which Honda is offering CarPlay and Android Auto support. At $25,480, the EX is $1,315 pricier than the Sport trim, and includes things like a moon roof, keyless remote and a better touch-screen display. Volkswagen’s entry level 2016 Jetta 1.4T at $17,680 offers CarPlay and Android Auto as part of a $995 technology upgrade that includes a larger touch screen and rearview camera.

Some automakers believe that such features could motivate buyers to move up the trim level, rather than to more expensive models. “It’s going to provide a good benefit to the Accord shopper,” says Jay Guzowski, manager of product planning for mid-size cars at American Honda Motor Co.

General Motors stands alone in offering CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment on cars as inexpensive as the Spark — the 2015 version retails for upward of $12,170 — and as high-volume as its Chevrolet Cruze and Malibu sedans and Silverado trucks. Chevrolet marketing director Steve Majoros calls the decision “revolutionary,” and one the automaker hopes will improve its market share.

“CarPlay and Android Auto are about to really hit the mainstream,” says Kelly Blue Book senior analyst Karl Brauer. “We’re talking about some 40 to 50 models that’ll have it in probably the next 12 months or less, which is maybe about 20 percent of the entire car market.”

IHS analyst Colin Bird predicts that automakers in the U.S. and Canada will sell a modest 497,000 cars with CarPlay, Android Auto or both this year. The number should jump to 5 million in 2018 and nearly 10 million in 2020.

As smart and helpful as the CarPlay and Android Auto are, they aren’t perfect.

On a quick demo of a fully-loaded, coffee-colored 2016 Accord Touring, the Android Auto voice assistant helped me play songs from artists like Adele, Sting and Ellie Goulding but would not recognize “U2” as anything other than “YouTube.” It also failed to open the iHeart Radio app despite being told to (a later check showed the app hadn’t been set up to recognize its location, which may have thrown a wrench into things).

CarPlay users won’t be able to use the superior Google Maps through the interface, even if the app is on their phone. In the demo, Apple’s notoriously quirky maps app directed me to drive to Honda’s American headquarters in Torrance through the research and development back way, bypassing the front driveway and visitor parking lot even though it was a more direct route.

There’s still work to be done on making the integration better.

One problem is that when phones must be plugged in — rather than left in a pocket or purse — usage of Internet-connected apps goes way down, says Pandora’s vice president of automotive business development, Geoff Snyder. “When it’s required for use of the system, utilization falls off pretty dramatically.” So for now, certain automaker-made infotainment systems with apps will be more convenient for people who just want to get in their cars and go.

Apple software engineering executive Craig Federighi said in June that the iOS 9 mobile operating system update coming this fall will make CarPlay work without taking out your iPhone. But according to Apple, that may require another hardware update from automakers: support for Wi-Fi.

Source:http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/gadgets/apple-google-drive-smartphone-functions-into-car-dashboards/

T-Mobile’s newly-launched native video calling feature is available on newest Samsung phones

September 4th, 2015 by Amrinder No comments »

T-Mobile has launched a new feature that lets you make video calls from within your smartphone’s dialer, similar to the way you make normal phone calls. Dubbed Video Calling, the feature doesn’t require you to download and install additional apps, the company said.

“On devices with T-Mobile Video Calling, small camera icons appear next to contacts with devices able to receive video calls,” said Neville Ray, T-Mobile’s CTO, in a blog post. “If the person you’re calling can’t take video calls, the video call icon is greyed out.”

Currently, the feature only works for T-Mobile users, i.e. for calls made within the magenta carrier’s network. However, Ray said they’re working working with others to make it available across wireless networks.

Supported handsets include Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 edge. The first two already have the feature available through simple software updates, while the latter two will get it next week. Users of these devices can install the update by heading to Settings -> About Device -> Software Update.

Three more devices will be added to the list by the end of the year, Ray said.

Source:http://www.gsmarena.com/tmobile_launches_native_video_calling_brings_it_to_newest_samsung_devices_first-news-13848.php

VMware announces new public cloud services, software-defined data center solutions

September 4th, 2015 by Amrinder No comments »

VCE, meanwhile, has expanded its hyper-converged rackscale system VxRack, creating a new offering based on VMware software aims to help enable quick and cost effective hybrid cloud deployments. The OnApp portal for vCloud Director has been in development since early 2014, and is now growing with support for a wide range of VMware vCloud Air Network applications, including vCenter and vCloud Air.

VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Services – VMware offers a unique approach to cloud disaster recovery, which includes a single cloud-based orchestration console and cloud services that deliver unified protection of all resources on-premises and off-premises. Customers will pay a flat fee for each protected virtual machine (VM) and their storage. “When a DR [disaster recovery] test is run or a DR event occurs, customers only pay for the compute consumed when VMs are running”.

VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable our more than 500,000 enterprise and mid-market customers to thrive in the Cloud Era by simplifying, automating and transforming the way…

vSphere APIs for IO Filtering: New vSphere APIs for IO Filtering allow ecosystem partners to offer third-party software-based data services that are fully integrated with vSphere and managed through vSphere Storage Policy-Based Management. It uses RAID built-in redundancy to reduce the need for data protection. It will support global access use cases with easy access from any device, anywhere, anytime.

Datalink is a VMware National Solution Provider recognized for expertise in management and cloud solutions. It’s meant to further the notion of hybrid operations, since it can be used to extend on-premises SQL Server use into the cloud. Initially, vCloud Air SQL will be compatible with Microsoft SQL Server, but plans are to make it compatible with other relational databases.

Key components released this week include VMware’s NSX 6.2 tool created to tighten integration with physical infrastructure while managing resources across multiple datacenters.

Move over Amazon! VMware wants a piece of the public cloud pie. After an extensive proof of concept phase with several vendors, C Spire selected OnApp as its customer portal to provide the best possible customer experience and continue delivering the latest VMware features to its enterprise customers.

VMware took small steps in that direction with updated versions of vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insights, which provide improved insights into workload optimization and the ability to recommend the best placement for workloads. VMware Integrated OpenStack will also include enhancements such as load-balancing as a service, Ceilometer and Heat Auto Scaling to make VMware-based OpenStack clouds more scalable, performant and resilient.

VMware is adding two other services to its public cloud. Instead, it appears VMware will focus on the market where it now has traction, meaning in the data center.

VMware NSX virtualized network platform is getting a lot of talk at VMworld. After Elliott’s initial investment in the company, reports surfaced that the investment outfit had urged EMC to break off VMware from the Federation. For example, it delivers OpenStack as virtual appliance installed via the vSphere web client and then configures it using “familiar” clusters and data stores.

“As [customers] start to move their mission-critical applications into the cloud, they find themselves in scenarios we call hybrid applications, where they’re trying to scale out an app or deploy a new application that requires very close connections back to existing applications”, he added.

Addressing the 23,000-strong audience in San Francisco, he said: “Right now over 90 per cent of you have workloads deployed in the public cloud”.

Source:http://theweatherspace.com/2015/09/04/128742-vmware-announces-new-public-cloud-services-software-defined/

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