Wearable technology holds a lot of promise – however, it is not a well-established market yet. The promise is yet to be witnessed in action, embraced by the market and integrated seamlessly with other technologies. Studies has shown in the past that the average shelf life of an application is 30 days. Newer studies show the average life of wearable apps is about 3-6 months. Given the amount of investment that goes into wearable apps, this is not an acceptable number. You would expect the app, the device, the technology to stay much longer in the mainstream market. Why is this the case? No one straightforward reason can be attributed to this while a pattern can certainly be seen and fixed. At the core is that, wearables is still a new space. Users, app makers, device makers are all equally exploring the space to reach the sweet spot in terms of possibilities, expectations and requirements. Besides the core industries of fitness and healthcare that have traditionally leveraged wearables, newer markets are beginning to embrace it too. Wearables are becoming less bulky, fashion conscious, part of existing gear that users already use (like existing t-shirts, watches) and in some cases, non-wearables are coming in too, that work through a sensor model. All of these are certainly right steps forward towards more evolution and maturity in the wearable market space, but wearable app testing is already becoming inevitable in overall acceptance. This need not be wearables testing by professional testers (although that would be one of the recommended options) – this could be by developers, end users, a beta group of users, designers – each trying the wearable in real life situations to provide feedback. Wearables is a new market – it will be a trial and error market as it evolves in the maturity scale. How many of us recall, Gmail in its beta, back in the days? Didn’t it seem forever? Wearables will also go through such a phase as part of the overall wearables testing strategy. No one tester may be able to fully do justice to testing a wearable in a closed door lab. A comprehensive test strategy that is all inclusive of possible quality entities will be inevitable and a test team can certain help create, implement and monitor such a strategy with work done partly internally and partly through partnerships. We have been helping our clients in this space too and are certainly excited for what the future holds. Stay tuned as we write more on this topic and feel free to reach out to us for details on how we strategize wearables app testing for our clients (app makers and product companies) that are making a global difference in this space.