We are living in a digitally transformed world where mobile and web applications have become a major source of communication between the brands and the customers. So has increased the popularity of mobile apps and eventually became a major part of the people’s lifestyle.
Consequently the demands of the customers is increasing and the app development industry is focusing on building more and more advanced applications. Brands have realised that mobile app testing is crucial and instrumental in improving the quality of applications, hence they are focusing on the mobile application testing.
Though mobile application testing is complicated, it can become simple and easy by implementing the right strategies and excellent tools. So in this blog, we will focus on all the major strategies of mobile application testing which will help us to build high performing mobile applications.
Manual Testing Vs Automation Testing
Over the years, there has been a tremendous advancement in mobile applications. Mobile apps are evolving at a lightning speed and so is the mobile application testing evolving. Brands want to build a technology for mobile app testing which promises high speed and accuracy.
Hence automation testing is the focus of most of the Qa and development teams. On the other hand Manual testing has its own significance because nothing can beat human intervention and intelligence to build perfect mobile applications.
Nowadays exploratory testing is highly practiced by QA teams. As exploratory testing involves testers to think out of the box and create great output! This proves the significance of Manual Testing!
As mobile app testing is almost impossible without automation, let’s explore the most critical automation testing practices
The most critical automation testing practices
Functional Testing is done to evaluate whether all the features of the application are working as intended. It checks the functionality of updates, installations, login, signup, error message etc It reduces the risk of meeting low expectations, risks, quality issues, customer dissatisfaction.
It authenticates business functions, impact of app interruptions, installation, running, influence of OS updates on application. Types of functional testing are 1.Unit Testing 2.Smoke Testing 3. Regression Testing4. Sanity Testing 5.Usability/Beta Testing 6. Integration Testing
Performance testing is done to check the performance of the application for example, to check the stability of the application, response time, reliability, usage and scalability of the application.
It verifies the response time to multiple types of inputs, working caliber at increased loads, app behaviour during high load, long-time operability under average load. There are different types of performance testing like Stress Testing, Spike Testing, Scalability Testing, Endurance Testing, Volume Testing, Load Testing.
In compatibility testing the performance of the application is tested across various operating systems , browsers, network conditions, certain internal and hardware specifications.
Types of compatibility testing are 1. Forward It tests mobile application behaviour with new software versions. 2. Backward It tests the mobile application behaviour with older version of software.
Interruption testing is done to check the app’s performance when it is interrupted by another app. For example, if you are watching a youtube video and suddenly a call comes then the video gets paused and when the call gets over, then you can continue watching it. It is a simple test that ensures that video pauses allow users to take their calls, and when they end the call, they can continue watching that app.
It is extremely important to test the mobile app before it goes live! Though mobile application testing is a strenuous and prolonged process, following good strategies and tools can help you get through it easily!
I have covered all the critical aspects of mobile application testing to get you started in the right direction. So do refer to the blog and to have a better understanding on the fundamentals of mobile application testing.