Smartphones are primary ways of communication today. The number of mobile applications increases each day along with the number of smartphone users. Having a mobile application is a must for almost every business. Today business owners invest not only in mobile application development, but also in their testing. There are dozens of mobile app testing techniques, but not all of them guarantee great result. In this article we are going to have a look at the most effective mobile application testing scenarios and tools. So, how to test a mobile app to get an absolutely flawless product?
1. Choose a Proper Device
Your choice in this case depends only on your target audience and the type of device you want your app to be used on. These can be iPhones, Android smartphones or tablets. Once you have analyzed the market, you get a clear understanding of what device you would like to focus on. After you are ready with the device, think whether you will use real devices or mobile device emulators. Both methods have their pros and cons.
- • Provide more reliable results
- • You use the same devices during testing as your target audience
- • Give an opportunity to test for incoming calls or SMS
- • Need maintenance
- • Some devices are available only in several countries
- • Expensive
Mobile device emulators
- • Simulate both software and hardware
- • Many of them are free
- • Help to detect unexpected behavior
- • Most emulators are slower than real devices
- • They don’t take into consideration many hardware factors
- • Not always support all OS versions
2. Choose Environment Wisely
The next question to think about is whether you are going to test your application in the cloud or in the in-house environment. Based on what most experts say, cloud-based testing is the best option to go with. However, don’t make quick decisions! Cloud testing is surely convenient as it allows access from different location and computers and it’s perfect when it comes to maintaining many devices. The Cloud can be a great solution if you need mobility and if your team is not sharing the same office.
If you are looking for security when testing mobile applications (let’s say you have some information that you don’t want to put online), you should go with in-house environment. This is a great solution for those who need extra security. However, remember that if you choose in-house testing your storage space will likely be more limited.
3. Choose between Manual and Automated Testing
For many people manual and automated testing are two things that go separately. However, if you want to win in testing and make sure your application is perfect, you should combine manual and automated testing. Using these two methods gives an opportunity to run efficient and comprehensive app tests. Each type of testing is used for different mobile app testing test cases.
Automated testing is used for repetitive test cases or the cases that are run quite often and for cases that have predictable results. There are some test cases that cannot be tested manually, so automated testing is a solution here.
Manual testing is great when you need to find bugs, see how to use your app, navigate it etc. Manual testing is perfect when it comes to complicated cases.
What you can do is to hire a team of automated testers and a team of manual testers, but that’s quite expensive and not efficient. An alternative solution would be going with so called integrated testing that includes both manual and automated testing methods in 20/80 ratio. Integrated testing provides excellent results and saves time and money.
4. Test App Security
It’s no secret that the Internet if full of dangers. More and more people get scammed due to their lack of awareness or poor security of the applications they use. Users are worried that their data or credentials can be stolen or exposed. Testing security is one of the most important stages in application testing. Make sure all user account details are correctly and safely encrypted because the connection is not always secure.
Remember that information such as banking or credit card details must not be stored in mobile devices. Do not forget to check this feature when testing your app.
Security testing is not easy as it requires unusual thinking and taking not standard steps. However, sometimes running simple tests is quite enough.
5. Test User Interface
As any application is aimed for people, it’s very important to run a thorough UI testing. Your app should be easy to use, have simple navigation system and - what is sometimes even more important - look great. Users today look for efficient simplicity. They want multifunctional apps that are easy to use. Probably, the best estimate here is to answer yourself a question: “Would I use this app? Would I like it? What would I change?” If you like your application and think there is nothing that needs to be changed, move forward and launch it!
You might think that testing a mobile app is easy, but it’s not. It has many pitfalls that can ruin even the best project. However, if you follow all the rules and take responsibility for what you are doing, you will definitely succeed.
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