INTRODUCTION TO MOBILE APPLICATION TESTING
- Amruta Bhaskar
- Dec 23, 2019
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In the fast-growing world, the mobile phone is not only a device to make and receive telephone calls but also a multipurpose personal gadget. There are many technological improvements and the propagation of mobile devices with different Operating Systems like Apple iOS, Andriod, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Symbian etc. In the fast-growing world, there are new challenges for hardware manufacturers to stay in the competition. Also, the application developer needs to deliver the best Apps over a variety of platforms within a quick time.
Why it is needed?
In a highly fragmented and competitive global market, the mobile development cycle is of short period. For the vendor’s equanimity and overwhelming task to ensure long-term success, the APP must be tested over a different combination of platforms, operating systems and networks before launching to global. In addition to this, similar to Functional testing the non-functional testing like Security testing, usability testing etc. also plays an important role. The effective test planning in Mobile Application testing makes helps to improve the quality of Mobile Apps.
The mobile automation testing is an extremely effective approach to test the Mobile Applications which gives us considerable returns if you choose the right tools for Mobile Test Automation.
Advantages of Mobile Test Automation:
1. Same test scripts can be executed repeatable
2. Help to increase the testing efficiency
3. Help to enhance the regression tests case execution
4. Multiple test cases can be executed with less time
5. Better utilization of time by running test script over 24/7 time.
6. Test scripts can be executed parallel on several devices at the same time.
7. Once the test scripts are ready, human resources do not require manual interruptions to execute the scripts.
8. Same test cases can be executed across different mobile platforms, so the scripting time can be minimized and at the same time can be used for more test coverage.
Key Mobile Testing Challenges in Mobile App Test Automation
Planning of Quick Rollouts:- The companies are looking for the golden business opportunities in unique Mobile apps and expecting a rapid rollout of quality application or improvements and bug fixes if an application is already launched.
Multi-Platform Compatibility:- With the propagation of mobile devices like iPhone, iPad, Smartphones, Tablets, Windows Mobile and a wide range of Andriod devices etc, mobile application providers have to provide the multi-platform compatibility to reach their audience.
Dealing with a variety of connectivity modes:- An important parameter to be considered in mobile testing is the “Modes of Connection” to access the application. This step can be ignored if the internet the connection does not require for application under test, however almost all applications require internet so this test case needs to run over different connections like WiFi, 3G, 4G etc.
Creating end-to-end tests:- The mobile market demand is to integrate the mobile applications with all platforms and expected to flawlessly access the data on mobile and another platform like a Web site. The end to end test cases should be work as expected on mobiles.
Disadvantages of Mobile testing
Fragmentation: Wide range of mobile devices and operating systems propping up each and every day fancy the users who expect smooth running of mobile apps on any device anywhere.
Networks: Network factor impacts the performance of a mobile app affecting user experience beyond hardware and software and it must be taken into consideration for testing the following scenarios:
- How does the app operate offline?
- Is the memory being impacted in unexpected ways? Or are there any constraints with particular chipsets?
- What is the impact of different Wi-Fi speeds, low signal strength, 3G or 4G networks?
- What happens when you switch to Wi-Fi or the network drops or vice versa?
Tools: Mobile apps testing is still evolving, so the tools available are limited when compared to traditional testing. It is important to know where to focus your resources as a prerequisite for getting the best out of them. By investigating demographic popularity can extract more value from testing.
UX: Companies often want to fit as much information as in a desktop application into mobile apps. This approach of the companies leads to less friendly apps in spite of UX testing and generates a dislike from the user due to lack of readability.
Author: Bharani G R