Mobile Application Testing
Mobile application testing is a technique in which application developed for mobile devices are tested for its functionality, consistency, and usability. Mobile application testing can be automated or manual mode of testing. All the mobile applications either come pre-installed or it can be installed from mobile software distribution platform. Mobile application testing majorly focuses on field testing, user requirement, and looking at where the hardware and software to be tested.
Major challenges faced in Mobile Application Testing
The application must be easily available for the user to download, generally from the various app stores.
Access to the right device is more important because of the growing world of different devices and operating system.
The are around 400 different mobile networks (CDMA, GSM, FOMA) exist in the world so checking with all these networks will be a challenging task.
For testing mobile application there two methods followed which are: testing on real devices and testing on emulators. Emulators often miss the issue which can be found only by testing on real devices whereas testing in real devices is much expensive and take a long time for the results.
It is also a major thing to look that it works on all devices at any circumstance. Suppose an application may work well at a higher resolution but failed to work in lower resolution.
Types of Mobile Application Testing
It will ensure that the application is working as per the customer requirement. Most of the test conducted for it is driven by the user interface.
It is carried to check the performance of the application under a certain harder condition such as a low battery, poor network, low memory space, less RAM..
The usage of the application is verified at this stage so that it can be identified whether the application achieves the goal and getting a favorable response from the user side. Usability testing will be the key to commercial success.
To check the vulnerability of being hacked, authentication, and, authorization policies, data securities, session management, and other security standards.
Connection may vary based on the location and networks but we can’t test those condition inside the lab. Only in countries, non-automated testers can perform usability and functional testing.
In recent times, crowdsourced testing has become popular as the organization can test the mobile application faster and cheaper using the global community of testers. Due to the emerging diversity of devices and operating system as well as localization need it is difficult to test mobile application with a small in-house testing team. The global distributed team can provide ease of access to different platforms and devices and also can test across multiple locations under different networks. Since the global tester is using the real devices it is cost effective to test the product and will get result faced by the users under the real-world scenario.