In the world of smartphones, users are increasing continuously and there are lot many apps that are being developed to improve the functional performance in the devices. It has been predicted that in 2017 over 270 billion apps will be downloaded by smartphone users. And so, people now expect to do everything they could do on their mobile handsets. With this great demand of applications, there arises a need for the testers to have sound mobile testing strategies for facing new challenges that occurs anytime.
Mobile App Testing Challenges
Billions of people are using mobile phones and many of them are resistive and picky. It does not take much time to decide whether your app is benefitted to them or not. All you need is to keep the app less complicated and lightweight because if it takes time to load, users may put reviews against your app. Thus, it needs considerable testing with different cycles whether the app is performing as expected. You have one opportunity to engage the user, do not miss that.
A perfect mobile app testing strategy helps to reduce the cutting costs and even promoting the quality. This helps to ensure the identification of delay in bugs’ and the accuracy of the testing.
Testing must be done functionally and non-functionally. Functional testing is done with manual procedure or with automation tools. It ensure the business requirements of the app whereas the non-functional testing is required for nonfunctional needs. It tests readiness of the system. Non-functional test includes endurance, installation, compatibility, compliance, security, operation, availability etc.
The complete coverage is required because the users access the applications on different platforms. The application must be tested for its performance on different devices varying in size to ensure the UI is optimized in each device.
Strategize your Mobile App testing
1. Mobile Device Selection
When comes to selecting the mobile app, there comes two choices, a gadget model or selecting between substantial devices and emulators. There also comes other factors like connectivity options, memory size and more concern should be selecting a device model.
2. Emulators vs. Physical devices
One can also consider from emulators or any physical devices. In the initial stage of development, emulators are useful as it proves to useful in fast and efficient testing, particularly in an agile development. Whereas physical devices help in beta testing as a very useful method that provides admittance to real devices, networks, real-world testers and having bigger geographic coverage.
3. Manual vs. Automated
The key to unleash the successful regression is automation at the time of development. However, automated testing needs a large amount of initial investment. However, there are quite a lot of automation testing tools available in the market. Some of them are: Selenium, TestingWhiz, HPE Unified Functional Testing, TestComplete, Ranorex, Sahi, Watir, Tosca Testsuite, Telerik TestStudio, WatiN and many more.
4. Cloud-based Mobile App Testing
Cloud-based mobile app testing makes potential multiple combinations that becomes easy to manage. This is one of the desirable option for mobile app testing. It also offers a web-based testing environment where apps can be developed, tested and managed.
For example, Rackspace to Amazon – The migration is done from “Cloud to Cloud” or “physical systems to Cloud. ”This includes functional testing, regression testing, performance testing, availability testing, multi-tenancy testing, disaster recovery testing, and security testing.
5. Network Connection
Network considerably affects mobile apps since majority of mobile applications rely on network connectivity to function properly. Testing mobile apps in the real network environments becomes critical to get into the real picture of the application behaviour. Mobile apps are expected to function on everything from an excellent Wifi connection, 5G, 4G, 3G to a snail-paced 2.5G connection.
Software Testing for your Industry
It takes constant innovation and diligence to keep audiences stuck in the web sites, and related mobile apps with low churn levels.
1. Retail & eCommerce
Mobile app can implement new technologies. Testing assures that it support online ad campaigns through direct access to app content controls. Application using analytics must be pertinent, usefully analyzed, and rapidly reported to provide you with timely, actionable feedback. Customer interactions must be handled efficiently. And all the aspects must be continuously monitored and verified.
2. Smart Solutions
Testing ensures interoperability with the implementation of design, Accelerating development and deployment of products. Understand how to benefit from a standard and ensuring it improves your value-added services. You can avoid orphaned or obsolete implementations as standards evolve by assessing the maturity of various standards.
3. Education and Non-Profits
Visitor interactions with your mobile app should be handled quickly and efficiently. You can add latest attention-getting technology without any functional or cosmetic glitches to your application.
Here’s how the testing cycles should be
Mobile app testing should comprise pivotal theory of mobile testing
1. Test apps at random times
It helps the scope of test along with rapid turnaround; thus it is necessary to test the app many a times before you deliver it.
2. Web apps demand for rigorous testing
Web applications are accessed through different platforms, and thus these type of must be tested on all available platforms to ensure perfect functioning. Since hybrid apps are compatible on both native and web devices, so these apps must be tested for both web platforms and specific devices.
3. Risk-based testing that targets particular audience
Many a times, your client targets audience on specific geographic. Here, risk-based testing is needed that depends on the type of devices and browsers are used by them. Details like type of devices and OS used in the targeted regions are available readily. These details helps in understanding how to execute the testing procedure. The apps usability must be same on desktop and portable devices or else it cannot get good response from the targeted market.
4. Take support from app developer and know your client well
Being a tester, you should take support of the app designer and developer to know the requirements of your client. The test strategy must be based on the kind of application needed by the client. Native applications demand for wider functional testing since it works on the distinct devices and compromises many functions.
At the End
The challenges are increasing and it is getting quite complicated for mobile app development and design, but still using proper strategy and steps in place, we can meet the abilities of client’s needs and requirements. All you need is to stay focus on what client needs and no need to shy away by strategizing new techniques.
Today’s age of mobility needs New age mobile applications. LetsNurture mobility testing solutions ensures quality across multiple operating systems, smart devices, browsers and models. Get in touch with us to know more.