Mobile phones have come a long way from simple communication devices to a gadget that can basically perform tasks similar to a computer. Whether booking an appointment or simply looking for directions, everything has been made possible with this technological advancement.
This is only possible through mobile applications that are accessible anywhere, anytime through these devices.
Mobile testing is a process where every mobile application developed has to be tested for quality before it is released into the market(play store/app store). Applications get tested on the basis of security, functionality, usability, etc. This increases the efficiency of the application.
Every day millions of mobile users install new applications on the basis of ratings and reviews which is directly related to how the application works in real-time. This brings us to the importance of mobile testing.
With a host of mobile phones out there with different operating systems, screen sizes, processing capacity testing has evolved into a mandatory process in the software development process. New features keep users entertained, while quick bug fixes make sure that nobody uninstalls your app, making testing essential for an app’s survival.
Approaches to Mobile Application Testing
There are two different approaches for testing mobile applications, on the basis of how they are performed, namely, manual testing and automated testing.
Manual testing, as the name clearly suggests, is a human process, mainly based on user experience. Analysis and evaluation of the application’s functionality, security, usability are done by users through a thorough explorative process. This may ensure that your application is bug-free.
This type of testing is generally is time-consuming as bugs tend to take time to get recognized. Therefore, as a rule of thumb, 20% of an application’s testing should be performed manually through the help of alpha and beta releases, while the rest should be automated.
Automated testing is the second approach to mobile application testing. In this process, a set of test cases are tested which should generally cover 80% of the testing process.
Following are the test cases given the highest priority while automating:
Advantages of Mobile Testing Automation
Below is a list of advantages that come along with the automation of mobile application testing –
Key Challenges in Mobile Application Testing
Mobile application testing differs from the traditional process of testing desktop or web applications.
The major challenge faced while testing mobile applications is due to the variety of mobile devices. Today there are a melange of screen sizes, operating systems, hardware options, software versions, etc. Let me list down the major issues faced in mobile application testing.