Admittedly the user testing was left to the last minute, as both Jacob and I left finishing the expert system to a little too late however; we accomplished what we wanted to achieve – find bugs we were oblivious too. Unfortunately the user testing fell on a day that I had work commitments that are not flexible, so I had to take a back seat for this phase of the project.
I was informed that there was a compatibility issue with Android, where the older versions of the software worked well with the center locator but the newer versions did not. This is a major issue as most Android users do have the newer versions of the Android software in their Samsung Galaxy S3s and their Samsung Notes. Unfortunately this bug was only discovered yesterday and there was not enough time to fix the issue. In the real world, this bug could be regarded as a compatibility issue, possibly an advertised note to purchesers alerting them that it is only compatible with version 4 – however fixes are being made to increase it’s device compatibility. How’d I get this idea? Look at the iPhone app store. Some apps are only compatible with the new iPhone 4s and not the three due to different phone features such as the front and back camera, and also the speed of the mobile operating system.
Ideally, this app would be developed for a client who could test the product in staging instead of waiting for it to go live and be available in the app store. This would dramatically reduce the need for random user testing that was conducted at university by the team yesterday and even in one situation around the team member’s home suburb.