Mobile App Testing
Types of Mobile App Testing:
To address all the above technical aspects, the following types of testing are performed on Mobile applications.
Usability testing– To make sure that the mobile app is easy to use and provides a satisfactory user experience to the customers
Compatibility testing– Testing of the application in different mobile devices, browsers, screen sizes, and OS versions according to the requirements.
Interface testing– Testing of menu options, buttons, bookmarks, history, settings, and navigation flow of the application.
Service testing– Testing the services of the application online and offline.
Low-level resource testing: Testing of memory usage, auto-deletion of temporary files, and local database growing issues known as low-level resource testing.
Performance testing– Testing the performance of the application by changing the connection from 2G, 3G to WIFI, sharing the documents, battery consumption, etc.
Operational testing– Testing of backups and recovery plan if a battery goes down, or data loss while upgrading the application from a store.
Installation tests– Validation of the application by installing /uninstalling it on the devices.
Security Testing– Testing an application to validate if the information system protects data or not.
Mobile Application Testing Strategy
The Test strategy should make sure that all the quality and performance guidelines are met. A few pointers in this area:
1) Selection of the devices – Analyze the market and choose the devices that are widely used. (This decision mostly relies on the clients. The client or the app builders consider the popularity factor of certain devices as well as the marketing needs for the application to decide what handsets to use for testing.)
2) Emulators – The use of these is extremely useful in the initial stages of development, as they allow quick and efficient checking of the app. The emulator is a system that runs software from one environment to another environment without changing the software itself. It duplicates the features and works on the real system.
Types of Mobile Emulators
Device Emulator- provided by device manufacturers
Browser Emulator- simulates mobile browser environments.
Operating systems Emulator– Apple provides emulators for iPhones, Microsoft for Windows phones, and Google Android phones
Let’s systematize our knowledge, and try to determine the main points for mobile application testing.
- Remember the differences between desktop and mobile apps.
- Take into account the operating system and hardware specifics
Use real devices when it is possible.
- Don’t Try to Find the “Swiss Army Knife” of Testing. Use the tools you are familiar with.
- Use the advantages of cloud mobile testing.
Confirm your findings with screenshots, logs, and videos.
- Provide your mobile app testing both for portrait and landscape screen mode.
- Use the development menu options for iOS and Android.
- Do not neglect (but do not abuse) emulators and simulators for testing.
Verify the performance of your app.
- Don’t automate everything
Get real users to test your app
Release the time to work out more complex, unconventional test scenarios (f.e. use test “monkeys”).
- Consider the human factor.
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