Efficient Mobile application testing results in Robust applications, which are one of the criterion boosters in the software development industry. This has lead to a substantial rise in number of consumers who are using mobile phones and handheld devices for accessing the Internet. There is no denying the fact that there has been a significant increase of mobile app users and this growth is estimated to be much faster than desktop and laptop users.
It has been observed that most of the people are relying on Smartphone and tablets than ever before. This makes it utterly vital to have an easily navigable, attractive and lightweight mobile app. The only way possible is to incorporate robust mobile app testing.
What do you mean by mobile application testing?
The overall software development lifecycle (SDLC) of a mobile application undergoes various stages. The fact of the matter is that the success and failure of the application solely depend upon the feasibility of the application under real circumstances. Mobile app testing is basically a process of testing the functionality, security, usability and feasibility of the mobile application. It not only points all the bugs as well as errors in the application but also ensured that the user experience is similar across different platforms as well as devices.
Why is mobile application testing so vital?
This question has been asked numerous times by companies who are trying to implement their mobile first strategy. Their core contention being that if an application is developed proficiently why would there be a need for testing. Well, the fact of the matter is that the importance of mobile application testing increases multifold as compared to desktop testing during SDLC. The core reason behind this is the fact that there is an extensive choice of mobile platform, devices, operating systems and networks.
Mobile devices are evolving with the emergence of new technologies. This creates a void for the designers as well as developers who need to take three aspects into consideration:
Support for older devices
Usability in real word scenario
A mobile application might not contain any bugs, but certain scenarios might make the application go haywire. Mobile application testing in that aspect becomes highly essential in order to ensure that it stands the tests of the real world where the bugs can never be appreciated.
What problems can be rectified by proper testing?
App crashes: An application typically crashes when it performs an operation which is not allowed by the operating system. The operating system then triggers an exception or signal in the application. This leads to application crash and in most cases the data is also lost.
Application response time: Current application design tends to be more complex and distributed over networks. This leads to new challenges which can affect the response time of the application. As mobile devices come with variable processing units and work under different networks, there is a huge difference in the response time of the application.
Application stalling: RAM crowded with cached app data can cause any mobile device to slow or become unresponsive, and an app that has crashed or become unstable can have the same impact. When an application is working in a sandboxed environment, it is able to use all the resources available at its behest, but in real world scenarios, an application has to work in conjunction with other applications putting strain of the resources, hence leading to stalled application.
If you ignore mobile app testing what issues can you Face?
As discussed earlier, failure to conduct proper mobile app testing can result in a redundant application that can decimate user experience. If your application is riddled by errors, this will result in your customer doing the testing for you. And the fact of the matter is that the consumer do not have adequate tools to test the applications while very few of them tend to report any errors.
Also, it is essential to note that nobody wants to be treated as a Guinea pig. If they find a flaw, you would not hear about the error from them and they would most definitely not come back. They would simply move on to a competitor which provides a better user experience. This would most definitely result in monetary loss, depletion of sales and a huge dent in the brand image among consumers.
How is mobile app testing different from Desktop App Testing?
Although the scope of testing is the same on desktops as well as mobile, they both work in different environments that sets them apart. Testing applications on mobile devices is more challenging than testing web apps on desktop due to the following:
On the desktop, the application is tested on a central processing unit. On a mobile device, the application is tested on handsets with different configurations.
Mobile device screen size is smaller than desktop and can vary immensely.
Mobile devices also have variable memory than desktop.
There is a dependence upon network connections like 2G, 3G, 4G or WIFI in the case of mobile devices while desktop only uses broadband connections.
The automation tools that are used for desktop application testing might not be feasible to work in conjunction with other mobile applications.
In the case of desktop testing, the application has to be tested on an operating system which mainly consist of Linux, windows or OSX. On the other hand, mobile devices have a slew of operating system along with variable updates, making it a jigsaw puzzle to support each and every update.
A mobile app is very complex as compared to the desktop as developers need to take many points into consideration like platform fragmentation, security issues, system integration and app distribution.
Mobile application testing strategies implement by FATbit
The first rule of skydiving is to test the equipment and its functionality. Avoiding it, can have serious implications. The same is true in the case of a mobile application launch. At FATbit, we incorporate the same robust approach in order to achieve finesse in a mobile application. There are various strategies we employ. These include:
Testing the application across various devices and OS
Content adaptability and visual esthetics on multiple screen sizes
Navigation testing to ensure complete feasibility
Testing the application in standalone as well as under stress conditions
Conducting security testing to ensure data integrity.
Testing for non-functional cases like battery usage & installation
From device selection to network feasibility and resource concession, we imply different case scenarios to ensure that the application is thoroughly tested. The importance of mobile app testing in the overall SDLC cannot be denied. However, just a mere presence of a testing strategy does not ensure the success of the application, not it makes the application fare well.
With the correct implementation of strategy and testing methodologies, a mobile application can surely attain success. If you want your mobile application to deliver best results, combined with testing best practices and industry standards, then feel free to contact testing experts at FATbit. We will surely help you in overcoming the obstacles of mobile application testing, and create a user-friendly mobile app architecture for you, customers.