Mobile app testing and QA are actually one of those procedures that are likely to get changed over the period of completion of your application development. Of course, your clients or partners must have been already set a deadline which you find quite difficult but something that is achievable.
The fact is that regardless of how wonderful and fantastic your mobile app is, regardless of what essential requirement it fulfills for your potential customers, no one will utilize it if it is loaded with bugs or crashes all the time. That will be the ROI of the smartphone application testing: You will not get ROI if you don’t do it (Of course unless you have a developer like a superman who is super fantastic at building bugless mobile applications).
Whether it is a software development company or a custom mobile application development company,testing a desktop application is entirely distinct from testing a smartphone application which is utilized by tens of thousands of smartphone users. While testing a mobile app, developers have to apply different testing methods and methods and that is why QA professionals usually struggle with high-level challenges.
First, we will understand mobile app testing. Mobile application testing usually involves highly complex and challenging testing procedures since the diversity in the range of smartphones and their operating systems. Moreover, smartphones are designed for a much greater audience. In addition, a mobile application is also capable of running it on various other devices like Tablets, iPads, etc.
Unlike web apps, mobile applications are used on various smartphones and platforms. There is a hell of a lot of variety in smartphones and their operating systems such as Android, Windows, iPhone, Blackberry, etc. So in this scenario, mobile fragmentation can be a little difficult for developers who build various versions of the same application to make sure it works smoothly and fine with the various versions of any iOS.
It is also quite challenging even for QA testers due to the variety of operating systems and their capabilities to run a mobile app, which ultimately make them difficult to handle and secure. So for those reasons, you need to test your mobile app on all major OS versions and use a combination of various screens to test by size and resolutions.
Emulators or Physical Devices
Device emulators are greatly helpful in an agile development methodology especially in the initial phases of the product development. When compared to physical devices, device emulators are cost-affordable. They are also useful for a fundamental application functionality testing procedure.
On the other hand, physical device testing ultimately leads you to beta testing which is an impeccable approach to mobile app testing that gives you allowance to real-world testers, networks, and much more.
Mobile app testing on the cloud makes potentially unlimited scenario compositions simpler to handle. Cloud-based mobile app testing is the most preferred testing options by many developers and QA testers. Cloud computing offers a web-based mobile testing place where apps can be deployed, tested, and handled in a right way.
Regardless of the type of web application, it will not work unless it is connected to the internet. However, the situation is not entirely same with smartphones. There are some mobile applications such as games that work perfectly fine even when they are offline. Also, there are applications, that work partially, say, some of the features and functionalities work even when they are not connected to the internet.
Depending on the connectivity, most of the mobile apps won’t perform as good as when they are connected to the internet. Hence, testing mobile apps in the right network environment is essential to understand the actual behavior of the mobile app.
2 reasons why mobile application testing can a be a true hell
Just like a thorough QA and mobile application testing, there are another handful of hurdles out there. In case these hurdles are giving you a hard time, then you should seriously try optimizing your processes.
1. Too many device specs
Not just recently, but Android developers have been dealing with this issues since a quite long time. Unlike Apple, which has its own smartphone and tablet production, Andriod devices are actually countless at any given point. Since there are too many companies that build Android smartphones like Samsung, Vivo, HTC, etc. have their own strategies for what an ideal mobile application should look like and their specs greatly differ from one another.
So all you need is a good combination of effective emulation software and a handful of different smartphones for putting your mobile application through the QA processes.
2. Operating system fragmentation
Of course, an application can work flawlessly on a Lollipop, but guys what about KitKat? I am sure Android is soon going to launch Jelly Bean or something that has sugar as their OS.
iOS fragmentation is not that bad and of course since it is more centrally handled. Unlike Apple, when it says it has a new update for their OS, users usually update their OS. But with Android, the OS update is restricted to a few manufacturers of the Android smartphone. Nonetheless, at any given point, an OS brings its new update, regardless whether it is Android or iOS, there is the potential that your application experience may get broken in some or the other way because of the new OS specs.
So, in order to avoid that, stay alert on OS updates, and test the app on various versions. Is your application already on the app store? No problem. Pay some good attention to your customer/user feedback and check if there is any change in OS version and as a result is it affecting your user experience and update the app accordingly.
Every smartphone application supports some fundamental operations of devices that have been configured and arranged to produce specific results. So before you perform QA testing of the application, you first have to know and understand the conceptual design of the mobile phone.
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