Essentials of Mobile Application Testing
Mobile devices are integrated into our lives as much as our family members. We are spending more time online than with any other media. We are spending much of the digital time in mobile devices. Most of that mobile time is spent in apps. Therefore, apps are becoming the dominant form of digital interaction. Mobile apps allow users to have all your information at their fingertips. Mobile technology and smart devices are the trend now and will change the future of the world as we know it.
First of all, I would like to emphasize that testing apps on mobile devices is more challenging than testing web apps on desktop due to:
• Different range of mobile devices with different screen sizes and hardware configurations like hard keypad, virtual keypad (touch screen) and trackball etc.
• Different mobile operating systems like Android, Symbian, Windows, Blackberry and IOS.
• Wide varieties of mobile devices like Samsung, Apple, HTC, Motorola, Micromax, Nokia etc.
• Frequent updates of mobile OS. – With each update a new testing cycle is recommended to make sure no application functionality is impacted.
• Different mobile network operators like GSM and CDMA.
All these factors are responsible for the high cost of testing mobile applications.
Dimensions of Testing Mobile Apps
In order to understand the complexity of testing mobile apps, it is important to understand various aspects of an application that need to be tested. Some of these aspects are specific to mobile applications while others are applicable for testing any type of software. The specific types of testing required for each application depends on various factors such as: The type of application (banking, gaming, social, or business), target audience type (consumer, enterprise) and volume Distribution channel (e.g. Apple App Store, Google Play, direct distribution).
Aspect Areas / Types of testing
We will define them further in our future articles.
Designing the right test strategy, choosing the right mobile simulators, devices and mobile testing tools can make sure that we have 100% test coverage and help us include security, usability, performance, functionality and compatibility based tests into our test suites.