In an emergency, every second matters. That’s why some Emergency Services Apps draw on citizens for help with providing real-time updates and support in emergencies through their smartphones. Last month, Testbirds invited some of our Crowdtesters to perform a pro-bono BugAbility test for CrowdGuard– an emergency service in Germany that alerts locals and the police when someone nearby needs help.
Marc, Tina and Marta, share their experiences of testing Crowd Guard’s emergency alarm system app as our Guest Bloggers this month.
Just a couple of hours to go until the most exciting football tournament of the year kicks off in Paris, France. All around the world sport enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for their heroes like Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Paul Pogba, Sergio Ramos or Manuel Neuer to make their first moves on the holy pitch. But with 24 teams, 552 players and 51 games in just 4 weeks it is quite easy to lose track.
Over the last couple of weeks our Crowd tested and compared a bunch of apps that are supposed to help football fans keep an overview on the results, upcoming matches as well as statistics. They also have been looking for helpful background information about the teams and the latest news of the event. In this blog post we want to present you with the two international apps that our testers liked the most when it came to usability and functionality. So if you are still looking for a good app for the upcoming weeks of football, it might be worth checking these two out.
Nearly every user can relate to websites that force you to desperately search for content hidden in a sub-category somewhere or where information is stumbled on by pure coincidence rather than due to an intuitive structure. This is a big problem as a site’s information architecture with a clear and simple navigation is one of the main necessities for good usability and, as a result, the success of a digital product. Of course, there are many ways to structure content, however all too often issues arise because information on websites or within apps is organised according to stakeholder perceptions and not to users’ expectations. This is where card sorting comes into play.
Usability is often seen as the key to success when it comes to convincing customers to use your apps and websites. Digital products and software can only prevail over their competition when users can easily find what they are looking for in an effective, efficient and satisfying manner. Therefore, it is important to take aspects like navigation, structure, design and text to image ratio into consideration by extensively testing them. And who could better tell about the strengths and weaknesses of digital products than the people who will be using them?!
Last week we described how the next industrial revolution is already happening. A big contributor to that revolution, Industry 4.0, is definitely the Internet of Things (IoT).
A while ago we talked about how the Internet of Things is entering both our homes as well as our everyday lives in a rapid pace.“Things” in the IoT term refers to an immense number of different devices: watches, dishwashers, lightning control, burglar alarms, hotel room keys and even intelligent athletic clothes streaming biometrics like heart rate. Continue reading
Working at Testbirds for several months now, I have to admit: you really become sensitive towards certain topics. The misuse of terms and buzzwords, for example, which fly around the web, in external meetings and in news magazines. If you would have asked me a year ago, what User Experience, Usability and User Interface truly are….I would have thrown my hands in the air and have asked with a thin, high-pitched voice: “It’s all the same?” Continue reading
Are you ready for a holiday? In our Testbirds Holiday Apps series, our employees from all over the world present the must-have mobile apps when travelling throughout their respective countries. This week we head east. With more than 10 million inhabitants in the city and another 13 million in the suburbs and surrounding rural areas, this metropolitan world is one of the biggest and most stunning places in Asia. Give it up for Josephine who was living and working in Seoul before joining our team in Munich.
Over the past few months Google has been updating its search algorithm. That in itself is nothing new, but this latest update has quite some impact. Continue reading
Ob auf Geschäftsreise oder im Urlaub – Apps von Fluganbietern und Vergleichsportalen sollen helfen, sicher ans Ziel zu kommen. Damit der Ausflug nicht schon bei der Wahl des passenden Flugs oder Hotels zum Reinfall wird, sollte die genutzte App Benutzerfreundlichkeit, Funktionsumfang und Sicherheit bieten.
Gemeinsam mit unserem Partner, dem Sicherheitsprüfinstitut mediaTest digital, haben wir die bekanntesten Flug-Apps daher pünktlich für alle Frühbucher einmal genauer unter die Lupe genommen.
Traditionell wird die Benutzerfreundlichkeit von Software im Teststudio untersucht. Seit einigen Jahren gibt es auch die Möglichkeit, Apps oder Webseiten von der Online Crowd prüfen zu lassen. Aber was genau macht eigentlich den Unterschied zwischen den Methoden – schließlich verfolgen sie doch beide dasselbe Ziel?
In unserem heutigen Blogbeitrag möchten wir euch die unterschiedlichen Herangehensweisen und Vorteile der jeweiligen Methode genauer vorstellen. Vielen Dank an dieser Stelle an Kathrin Hollinger von der User Interface Design GmbH (www.uid.com) für ihren Input! Der ausführliche Beitrag zum Thema ist in der Dezember-Ausgabe 7/2014 der Research & Results erschienen