Mobile Testing

Mobile Testing

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.

Let’s look at what is a mobile application testing

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.

Why is Mobile App Testing Important?

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

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

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:

  • Automate most tedious manual test cases.
  • Automate test cases that can be easily automated.
  • Automate test cases for most frequently used functionality.
  • Automate test cases that are impossible to perform manually.
  • Automate test cases with predictable results.
  • Automate test cases that are repetitive.

Advantages of Mobile Testing Automation

Below is a list of advantages that come along with the automation of mobile application testing –

  • Increases testing efficiency by decreasing testing turn around time.
  • Enhances regression test case execution.
  • Saves a bunch of time, while also executing more test cases.
  • The same test scripts can be executed again and again.
  • Test scripts can be run parallelly on multiple devices.

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.

  1. Faster time to market: Mobile application in industry is one that acts upon bugs quickly; always thinking about new features. The faster these get rolled out, the longer an application remains trending.
  2. Multi-Platform Compatibility: Apart from Android and iOS, there are a bunch of other operating systems executed across a multitude of platforms. This only increases the time taken to test a certain application.
  3. Connectivity Modes: Mobile phones are subjected to different modes of network connectivity, for example, roaming, 4g, 3g, edge, etc. Applications must be tested in all these network modes.
  4. End-to-End Testing: The mobile phone industry demands that applications integrate seamlessly, and be able to access data from the backend to be produced on the frontend, without any problems. Due to the diverse nature of mobile phones, this becomes an uphill task.
  5. Availability of Tools: There are a number of tools today that automate mobile application testing. Choosing the right tool is the mantra for success.

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