Why testing Smart TV apps is essential
A key feature of Smart TVs is the ability to run apps providing access to platforms such as YouTube or HBO. Some apps are pre-installed and others can be added by consumers much in the same way as apps are added to mobile phones. With so many Smart TV platforms, operating systems and apps, each of which tend to be updated on a regular basis, testing functionality and interoperability can be a challenge and it is something essential.
Moreover, quality assurance is verifying the functions of an app on the TV but also validating the UI/UX with the design guidelines of the different device manufacturers. Each of the device manufacturers have their own design guidelines requirements, that include both functional and design elements. For example, button actions, navigation, font size and specific feature requirements.
Much like the design and development phases while creating apps on Smart TVs, whilst testing, one needs to consider the many facets, nuances and performance of each device. This gets more complex as the hardware and software varies between each manufacturer. And within that, they change from year to year, model to model and series to series. These variations have huge impacts on the performance of applications, where the same app will behave differently, regardless of your tech-stack.