This week: HTC’s plan for two new Google Nexus devices, an example of effective automated test design, and end of Intel’s disastrous mobile initiative.
- Computerworld “Rumor Roundup:” Two Google Nexus Devices Planned for 2016 One of the latest rumors circulating recently is one concerning an HTC plan to release two Google Nexus devices the second half of this year. Codenamed Marlin and Sailfish (M1 and S1), these devices are rumored to be smartphones with “some sort of VR focus.” Opinions vary regarding HTC’s ability to produce a device with a high quality camera.
Learn more about HTC Google Nexus device rumors at Computerworld.
- Action Based Testing: Effective Automated Test DesignOne important factor in effective test automation is efficient test design. In Action Based Testing (ABT), which uses a modular keyword-driven approach, well-defined test modules keep scope clear and defined, and test cases, actions, and checks reflect the scope. This approach also differentiates between business tests, which don’t contain UI details, and interaction tests, which focus on the user (or another system)-application interaction.
Learn more about what’s behind the success of Action Based Testing at TechWell.
- Instagram Follows Facebook’s Lead in Adoption New Functions As it works to become more business- and ad-friendly, Instagram is looking to Facebook for inspiration, adopting functions such as dedicated brand pages for companies. Like Facebook, new profiles categorize companies by type and provide a contact button for users to reach out to business owners. This is considered a very important step towards offering the benefits of an active Facebook page.
Learn more about Instagram’s advances in becoming more business-friendly at The Verge.
- SharePoint Mobile Apps and OneDrive Integrations Slated for Late 2016 Microsoft has announced several major initiatives planned for release later this year. Along with integrations with Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud file syncing and sharing service, Microsoft plans to release security updates and a new client-side development framework. The biggest news, however, is from the SharePoint camp. SharePoint Server 2016 is now generally available, and with mobile apps for Android, Android, iOS, and Windows, as well as other changes on deck, SharePoint will align more with Microsoft’s mobile-first/cloud-first strategy—keeping it ahead of competitors like Dropbox.
Read more about the Microsoft’s 2016 plans for SharePoint, OneDrive and more at VentureBeat.
- What Happened to Intel’s Mobile Initiative? Intel missed the boat at the beginning of the mobile boom and spent more than $10 billion since 2013 attempting to catch up—without much success—and now it’s giving up. In a recent announcement, the company confirmed that it is ceasing development of all smartphone processors. The problem: Chips were “neither timely nor competitive.”