Mobile technology is transforming the way of communication for consumer and for business world. Mobile application used in every sector to increase the productivity of business by connecting large number of people which helps to increase revenue, branding and promotion.
Demand of Mobile applications is also increasing with the use of mobile Phone in every business sector like Retailers, Automobile Dealers, Financial Service, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Providers, Education, Banking, Shopping, Entertainment, Travel and Space for providing faster interaction between user and service provider. So, it is important to build a Mobile application with all features, functioning according to devices having different size, shape, software, software version as well as hardware to ensure the good user experience.
Mobile Application testing is important for every mobile application to increase engagement and good user experience. Capability of mobile application to run changes with device, location, network and operating system. So it is necessary to do mobile application testing to meet mobile app quality and performance guidelines in place.
Process or Approaches of Mobile testing
Testing mobile application is not an easy task. Choosing right testing approach and process is must for good quality and efficient performance of application.
- Preparatory phase
- Collecting Functional requirements
- Finalizing Documentation
- Accepting User Feedback
- Establishing Test Environment
- Control phase
- Acceptance Testing
Types of Mobile Application Testing
Functional Testing –
This testing is concerned with the proper and accurate working of the mobile application according to the requirements mentioned. This testing can be done manually and automatically. However, considering the types of mobile devices, their OS and differences in their applications and functions, we prefer to do it automatically by using many tools available in the market. The tools, on the other hand are very expensive, require huge monetary investments, experienced testers and hours of devoted time. Generally, automated and manual testing tools are used together to make the testing process flexible and more efficient.
Performance Testing –
This testing is concerned checking the performance of the mobile application. This includes responsiveness, robustness, stability and usability of the application. The performance of the application depends on server and client side both.
Memory Leakage Testing –
This testing is done to ensure that the application is using optimal memory. When an application is not able to work effectively with the allocated memory, it slows down and hence, hampering the performance of the mobile device.
Interrupt testing –
A mobile application may be interrupted by many activities like incoming call and SMS, battery notifications, network unavailability, connecting external devices, etc. These interrupts meddle the on-going application and hence needs to be checked how the application reacts to each other.
Usability Testing –
This testing is used to check whether the application is behaving in the same way is was developed to. The aim of Usability testing is to provide the user a seamless experience by polishing the UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience).
It includes various parameters like functionality, layout and design, interaction, installation testing, interface testing and load testing.
Load Testing –
Mobile applications are running over various devices and across various networks. Since the mobile application is dependent on network carriers for connectivity, the load on the server increases by manifold when multiple users are using the application. This testing makes sure that the application is well tested under heavy load conditions and performs the same.
Installation Testing –
Some mobile applications come pre-installed on the device while others need to be downloaded and installed on the device. Installation testing works on the application to be installed, uninstalled and updated smoothly without any errors.
Security Testing –
This testing is concerned with the credibility of the application providing users safety from security threats and breaches. This instills trust factor in users and they feel confident using the application.
Laboratory Testing –
This testing is performed by the network operators to ensure that the mobile application is working properly when connected to network data or voice.
Interface Testing –
This testing is done to provide a seamless User Interface. All the screens are tested and validated. Also, the elements like buttons, labels, inputs, etc. are checked too. Whenever there is a change in the orientation of the application, the application outlook is changed and this testing ensures stability irrespective of the orientation.
Importance of Mobile Application testing
Mobile Application testing is important for any mobile application And it is the point of concern for the developer or for the businessman. If the mobile application testing is done properly, we can identify all bugs and testing depends on multi-devices, multi-platforms, the compatibility of the app and multiple operating systems are all working.
Ensured functional quality.
Testing determines whether the app can be successfully downloaded, executed and interacted with the supporting back-end content infrastructure. It’s a vital factor in the development process that brings to market the high-quality product.
Real device testing.
It helps to guarantee an in-depth analysis of functionality. Testing on real mobile devices always gives precise outcome for the app and it can totally ensure that a given feature works on an appropriate gadget. It also facilitates a great user experience.
Simulators and emulators cannot deal with such issues as phone call interruptions, charger effect, and battery consumption. Testing on actual devices allows getting a constructive feedback on these questions. Besides it, real devices provide accurate results with features like accelerometers, geo-location, and push notifications.
The look and feel of an app and its usability are also tested including the peculiarities of different gadgets. Testing on real mobile devices helps to assure a user-friendly interface.
Satisfied customers who enjoy using your app will memorize the company as a reliable one and they will recommend your application to friends. With loyal customers and high-quality app, you can reach thousands and even millions of users.
Having your applications tested is increasingly considerable for any company that wants to stay competitive and gets great prestige.
Mobile testing requires an investment in the beginning but it must be done in order to get higher profits in the future. Nowadays, even small startups can afford to do testing by cooperating with testing service providers and generally, it will be cheaper than employing a full-time tester.