Mobile Application Testing: A Beginner’s Guide

Mobile Application Testing: A Beginner’s Guide

Life is not possible without an app these days. For every purpose, you need a mobile app. It is next to impossible if you have a mobile phone and do not have any app installed in it. Apps are the backbone of a phone that runs it. But have you ever wondered, how mobile applications are developed and then tested. We have come out with a guide for you that will help you to understand the full mobile application development process.

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Well, firstly it is important to understand that there are two types of mobile application testing – hardware and software testing. As far as hardware testing is concerned, the testers mainly identify the hardware such as Bluetooth, memory, camera and resolution. On the other hand, in the case of software testing, the job of the tester confines to testing the app in various devices.

Why mobile apps are tested?

It certainly is a challenging task to test a mobile app than to test web applications as one has to test it across a variety of platforms whereas a web application is to be tested only on one computer. Due to the large spread availability of mobile devices and a variety of operating systems on which they run such as Android, iOS, Symbian and Windows.

How mobile apps are tested?

An array of tests is conducted by testers in order to determine whether the app runs smoothly on a device or not. Here, you will get an idea about the different types of testing that a mobile application has to go through, once it is released from the hands of the developer.

Usability Testing: This is done in order to determine whether the mobile app delivers a satisfactory user experience or not.

Interface Testing: It focuses mainly on testing the buttons, menu options, the navigating flow of the app and the history.

Compatibility Testing: The primary purpose of the testing is to find out the compatibility of the application in various OS, devices, and mobile browsers.

Performance Testing: Once the app has been developed, this test is done in order to determine that whether it runs on all network speeds irrespective of 2G, 3G, and 4G.

Security Testing: The objective of this testing is to determine whether the app protects all the security data or not.

What strategies are applied in testing a mobile app?

Any tester makes sure that the guidelines as designed by the client are met properly and the quality is maintained. Hence, while testing a mobile application they test the app on such devices that run swiftly on all types of devices. Moreover, emulators are also used as they help to test the app fastly. There are various types of mobile emulators that are available today like Device, Browser and Operating system emulator.

In order to ensure the security and the usability of a mobile application, it is important to keep in mind that the testing is done properly. Once, the app passes all the mobile application test properly it becomes ready to upload in the play store.

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