1. Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things is nothing new but the number of IoT devices and people using them will continue to rise in 2018. Devices such as smart refrigerators and smart home security will become more common in 2018.
Like anything internet-connected, IoT devices are vulnerable to security risks. They must be thoroughly tested to avoid bugs that will impact quality.
2. Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Thanks to an increase in data and computing power, computers are now learning in much the same way as we do. Automation and AI will continue to gather pace in 2018 with more repetitive and mundane tasks carried out by computers.
The human touch is still needed in QA testing but 2018 will see an increase in processes being automated.
3. Internet usage
The way we access and interact with the internet will continue to change in 2018. More websites are viewed on smartphones and tablets than on desktop computers. We will talk to our devices more using voice searches such as Siri and Google. Also, more products will integrate with the likes of Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant.
With mobile device usage on the increase, QA testing for mobile will become much more complex.