From Apple to Android and Blackberry to Windows, market is flooded with various smartphones nowadays. Diversity in devices (which is good for customers), dearth of testing tools, variety of network connections and short releases have led to cost overruns and deadline delays for the mobile app development companies in the testing phase.
There are various challenges standing atoll in front of the mobile app developers as well as testers. In order to eliminate the cost overruns we need to chalk out a fortified mobile testing strategy which comprises of testing on diverse devices and mobile operating systems, manual and automated testing tools (covering functional and non-functional testing). As we can see that the mobile users and manufactures have swollen exponentially in this decade. This has made the competition really though. Thus, a testing strategy is essential for business owners to maintain their brand value and quality to retain their revenue.
Moreover, this has made mobile app testing even more complex than the web application. Apart from diversity in platforms and network connectivity for testing, we have other factors such as rapid OS updates which needs an extra attention. Further, new releases and changing user expectations adds on to the complexity of the testing strategy. These all factors forces the mobile app developers to add extra test cycles in their testing strategy.
In order to meet the deadline and launch a flawless mobile app while sticking to the budget circle, you need to have a fortified testing strategy. The key players for a good testing strategy are:
Device selection:In order to widen your test coverage you need to create a physical device testing and a mix of simulator testing based on different models.
Mechanise your testing: You need to use test automation tools in order to lower the cost of regression testing.
Network Environment: Use network simulation tools to check the network conditions. Focus majorly on the WiFi connectivity.
Test the type: Functional, performance, security and compliance are the types of testing. So make sure to pay heed to the type of testing required.
The major task standing in front of the mobile app testers is to club all these features with their conventional testing environment. Now let us find out why mobile app testing is difficult and different.
If we talk about mobile apps they have now become a dime a dozen. With this new found love of market it is very essential for the mobile app developers to make a mark among the billions present out there. Moreover, quality maintenance is very much essential to maintain the brand value. Further, a defected application can tarnish a brans reputation and lowers its productivity.
Mobile App Testing: Different and difficult:
After analysis it has been proved that testing mobile applications is more challenging when compared with web and desktop applications. The lack of a single dominant platform for mobile apps results in many apps being developed for and tested on Android, iOS and sometimes even more platforms.
As we know that Windows still holds a monopoly over desktop operating systems. Thus, testing is a bit confined to it. Wherein, this is simply opposite in the case of mobile apps. For mobile apps we have Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows.
We know that the pace of the Operating System(OS) updates in Android is slow and thus this results in OS fragmentation. This in return makes the testing process hectic as it increase the test domain.
Other major bottlenecks are:
1) Version of the operating system.
2) Third party manufacturers Samasung, Xperia, HTC, Nokia
3) Varying keypad type such as virtual keypad and hard keypad.
Moreover, there is no guarantee that after complete testing also the applications works accurately on all the devices. Even on the devices of the same family.
Additionally, network conditions also affect the mobile apps performance. Thus, the performance varies with the changes in the network conditions such as change in the bandwidth and drops in the connection. Further, devices conditions such as responsiveness of the touch screens, notifications and alerts have an effect on the performance. Thus, this demands extra testing stages which can confirm the behaviour of the App in various conditions. All these aforementioned features results in increasing the cost of the Mobile Apps.
Moreover, there are times when the cost of testing a mobile app surpasses the development cost.
Testing is something if manhandled can lead to cost overruns and delays in completion of the project. There are ample of our clients who have had a similar prior experience. Therefore, it is necessary to have a comprehensive testing strategy in order to deliver projects in the specified time limit and budget.
Our Mobile App testing strategy:
Before starting the testing procedure we need to first analyse various aspects of the application. This helps in understanding the intricacies and complexities of the app.
Testing specifications depends on various factors namely:
- Domain of the application such as social, gaming, banking or business. (Also read: How to create user engaging iPhone app)
- Focused audience type such as enterprise users or consumers
- Platform e.g. Google Play, Apple App Store, Windows play store or direct distribution.
Being a leading Mobile App developer, Enuke has architected mobile apps for numerous leading organizations across the globe. We will be glad to provide you a highly optimised mobile app for your business. Feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org .