UTI Releases App Quality Guidelines

The Unified Testing Initiative (UTI), a collaborative organization focused on the quality of mobile apps, and made up of representatives from AT&T, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Oracle, Orange, Samsung, and Vodafone, has released Best Practice Guidelines for Developing Quality Mobile Applications. The-cross platform guidelines provide developers with a framework for driving quality into mobile apps. Developers can download the guidelines free of charge from the UTI website.

“Developers who make quality ‘priority-one’ are well positioned to succeed in a mobile market where billions of applications are downloaded every year,” says Martin Wrigley, chair of UTI and director of developer services at Orange. “Whether an application is built using Java ME, Android or Symbian, the UTI guidelines serve as an important resource for helping developers deliver more high quality apps to market.”

The guidelines feature a range of quality issues developers should address throughout the app development process. Topics range from routine to complex to provide developers with a comprehensive resource for addressing quality issues consistently. UTI says that developers downloading the guidelines will find recommendations that can be used to raise the quality of any mobile app in areas that include connectivity, messaging and calls, user interfaces, language, media, stability, data handling and security.

The Best Practice Guidelines for Developing Quality Mobile Applications are the first cross-platform guidelines UTI has released since becoming an independent organization last year. UTI says they will be updated on an ongoing basis as platform requirements change, and based on suggestions from the mobile community. With today’s release, UTI is issuing a call for input on the guidelines. Feedback can be submitted on the UTI blog.

UTI is an industry-approved, not-for-profit organization, run for the mobile industry by the mobile industry. Members work collaboratively to develop mobile testing standards, best practices and de-fragmentation initiatives for the global mobile ecosystem. Current UTI programs include Java Verified and JATAF (Java Application Terminal Alignment Framework).