The Globe-Trotting iPhone 5

The Globe-Trotting iPhone 5

In September, app developers were scrambling to optimize their apps for the new iPhone 5 -making sure apps looked right and took advantage of the phone’s larger screen and enhanced features.

Now, those who want a global presence will have to make sure their apps are ready for the iPhone 5 around the world – meaning localization testing will be in order. The latest iPhone will be released in South Korea this Friday, it will hit more new countries next week and the final wave will come later this month – more than 50 countries in all.

Here are the countries you need to prepare for:

Dec. 14

Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

Dec. 21

Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.

Thanks to engadget for the information. They have the full press release on the site if you’re interested.

Posted on 12/06/2012 in iPhone App Testing by Jamie Saine

Do We Worry About App Security Enough?

Do We Worry About App Security Enough?

Do we worry about security enough? Does it keep us up late at night, constantly in the back of our minds? If not, it should.

The reality is, as developers and app users we hardly focus on security enough. Jon Evans of TechCrunch says as users instead of worrying about it ourselves, we let the Facebooks and Googles of the world take care of it for us – which puts both us and the companies and apps we rely on in some treacherous territories:

“Alas, right now it seems that many-to-most people value conformity more than privacy.What’s more, instead of worrying about security ourselves, we trust others — Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google — to take care of it for us. As the great Bruce Schneier points out, in some ways we’ve regressed to a feudal notion of security.

… Security is, by its very nature, something most people generally hardly worry about at all – until and unless that one awful day comes when it’s the only thing they worry about. By then it’s usually too late to start taking it seriously. “

As users we can certainly become more security-savvy. But more importantly, as app developers, security needs to be top of mind.  Security failures usually occur because of poor design and a lack of testing. Therefore, if there was more forward thinking during the design phase developers would be able to produce better, more secure apps.

As T.L. Neff of Wired says, when it comes to development and security “less is more” and forward thinking is essential:

“Overall, users must include security factors while designing the app. Sure, you can be conservative about what you expose in the first place. Definitely consider some limits on what can be downloaded, and think about using graphical cues instead of text. By taking these kinds of steps, you’ll likely end up with apps that are more streamlined and user-friendly, and minimize security risks for your company.

The bottom line: don’t approach security as a set of utilities you put in place after apps are deployed. You’ll get better security through more of a life-cycle approach where you design with security in mind, and also test for security.”

It seems like it will take a collective effort from companies, developers and users alike in order to really improve mobile app security. Looking for resources on mobile app security? Here is a free whitepaper with security testing tips on common attacks, security tools and ways to build a better QA team: Security Testing.

Posted on 12/04/2012 in Security Testing by Katherine Slattery

Astegic Creates Official App for MACo 2012 Winter Conference

Astegic Creates Official App for MACo 2012 Winter Conference

Astegic’s latest project has been to develop the official app for the Maryland Association of Counties 2012 Winter Conference (MACo 2012). This conference will focus on communication, open government, and social media, touching on new and traditional ways to interact and engage with Maryland’s residents to improve county services. Continue reading “Astegic Creates Official App for MACo 2012 Winter Conference”

How Many Apps?

How Many Apps?

There’s sometimes a question as to how many apps an organisation/company should produce. Should you bundle all required functionality into one app or produce separate apps?

The overriding consideration is obviously cost. It costs a lot more to produce, test, support and distribute multiple apps rather than have everything on one app. So what considerations might make the added cost worth it? Here are some scenarios I have come across that have resulted in multiple apps…

  • Where having multiple apps will lead to more overall engagement. For example, an app used primarily for marketing might have functionality spread over several apps, over time, so as to spread and increase engagement over time.
  • When it’s known all the functionality won’t be ready all at once and it’s technically difficult to upgrade older functionality if it were all in one upgraded app.
  • When the functionality is totally separate and we don’t want users to know or care about functionality they won’t even use. e.g. Partitioning apps by enterprise job function (or this can also be done with one app by only showing functionality applicable to the user).
  • When the user experience for given functionality needs to be very different and placing all in one app would produce a confused app and confused users.
  • When functionality is monetised differently (e.g. Free vs Paid). A free app is sometimes used as a lead-in for a paid app even though the functionality of the two are different, yet related. e.g. A PDF reader app might be a free app that leads to a paid app that scans things and produces PDFs.
  • When it’s easier to monetise incrementally per app rather than multiple in-app payment. For example, content is often less visible embedded with other content within an app but it might be more visible if presented as an app in its own right. e.g. People might search for book topics, not a book reader.


This entry was posted on Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 10:16 am by Simon Judge –

Astegic Mobilizes User End of VGo Robotic Telepresence

Astegic Mobilizes User End of VGo Robotic Telepresence

Astegic is proud to announce it’s latest project, VGo Robotic Telepresence. With this project, we were tasked with creating a productivity improvement solution that enables a person to replicate him/herself in a remote location.VGo gives the user complete freedom to move around and communicate as if he/she were physically there. Continue reading “Astegic Mobilizes User End of VGo Robotic Telepresence”