This week, Google’s Pixel smartphone took center stage and TechCrunch and other new outlets covered it in spades. The event boasted several announcements, including new mobile devices, Google Home, and even a new operating system. All clear signs that Google’s ecosystem is evolving, furthering the need for rigorous Android testing.
More devices, more Android testing opportunities
Said to be completely focused on the Google experience, the sleek Pixel smartphone will be available October 20. It will incorporate Google’s vision for artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Additionally, the Pixel phone will run the latest Android OS: Android 7.1 Nougat. So not only will there be a new device on the market, there will also be a new mobile OS version. It’s important for DevTest teams to test applications on this new device and OS as soon as possible so that apps are ready for users as soon as they want them. Doing Android testing early in the development lifecycle further ensures that any bugs can be weeded out quickly.
Google Home, another device available later this year, is Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo. It has the functionality already seen in Alexa, and it’s also able to integrate with your Internet of Things devices like the Nest thermometer. It also interacts with Chromecast and your phone, which opens the doors for developers to create mobile apps that work specifically with Google Home, as well as test app integration with this device.
Though not mentioned at the Google event, whispers of a new OS codenamed Andromeda are still thick in the air. This operating system will be an Android-Chrome hybrid, and will also have Windows Continuum style integration. Andromeda is rumored to have a Q3 2017 release. Don’t let the absence of an announcement scare you away from paying attention to this OS. Because Android OS runs on 43% of the world’s smartphones, we can also assume that Andromeda and its compatible devices may also reach such usage levels. —Read the full story at TechCrunch