Met Office Android app now a member of the Quality App Directory!
Thursday 07 February 2013
We’re delighted to announce that the Met Office Android app developed by Mubaloo, has been added to the App Quality Directory after successfully passing the test criteria set out by the App Quality Alliance.
The App Quality Alliance (AQuA) is a non-profit organisation designed to help app developers improve the quality of their apps. Funded by OEMs and Telecoms organisations including LG, Motorola, Samsung, Nokia and Orange, AQuA’s main priority is to encourage widespread adoption of sound working practices to increase the quality of mobile apps globally.
It works by allowing developers to submit their apps to the directory if they feel they have passed AQuA’s testing criteria. The app can then be set to several levels of quality verification, these include ‘Self Verified’ apps that have been tested by the developer and ‘Test House Verified’ apps that have been tested by an independent test house and has passed the AQuA test criteria.
The Met Office was given the opportunity to have their Android app tested for free after the Met Office's Weather App was selected as a finalist for the Best Consumer App 2012 at the Appsters Awards, normally it would cost around £200 to have an app tested by a reputable test house. The AQuA-approved test houses include VMC (who tested the Met Office app), Sogeti, Intertek and Babel. These were selected for their high levels of performance and experience.
When the Met Office Android app was first tested against AQuA’s Testing Criteria, a minor fault was found whereby the app crashed when being used on a device with a built-in hardware keyboard. The app crashed when the device automatically rendered into landscape mode when the keyboard was in use. As our target device range did not include any devices with a built-in keyboard, we missed this fault. Once the issue had been fixed, the Met Office app was tested by VMC and passed all of the criteria.
Mubaloo's QA manager, Daniel Box, believes the AQuA’s Testing Criteria is extremely useful as it sits outside of criteria that often gets overlooked by developers and testers because they have other client criteria to consider. For example, if an application stores it’s cached data on an external SD card, it’s important to see how the app behaves when the SD card is removed or dislodged and automatically switching to the device’s internal memory. Sometimes functions like these can be taken for granted. The Testing Criteria covers usability issues like these, as well as the consistency of UI, User Experience, functionality, connectivity, and specific device tests.
We’re delighted to be listed in the Quality App Directory as it’s important for us to be recognised for the quality of our development. Knowing our apps are accessible across a range of devices and that they have been tested on criteria developed by leading OEMs & Telcos, ensures we are keeping up with the latest industry standards.