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Mobile Testing By Belatrix Software | Topics: Software Development
Software testing of mobile applications uses a lot of the same QA & Testing practices typically used for other software applications. However, there are important distinctions that can define how successful the mobile application is ultimately. This white paper discusses some of best practices in developing and performing Quality Assurance on Mobile Applications and outlines strategies for addressing specific aspects of the testing process….
The demand for mobility shows now signs of slowing fueled by both consumer and enterprise appetites for mobile applications. That brings up not only the need to create apps but to test them, and ensure that they run on an increasing array of platforms and devices.
While many of the typical Software QA practices also apply to performing QA & Testing on mobile applications, the reality is that mobile applications are quite different in some critical ways. Mobile Applications therefore require some special considerations.
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It’s important to test the application using the actual device model(s) on which the application will run. This ensures a good level of coverage and also guarantees that the results of the tests will be much more realistic. Only by having the exact device and model can you be 100% sure that the application will compatible and behave the way it’s intended to behave. For example, in the case of iPhone, you cannot go back in versions unless you have the same hardware model multiplied by the number of software versions you want to support. This can get extremely complex and very expensive very quickly.
While helpful for initial testing, none of the alternatives such as emulators, simulators, are 100% reliable. That’s true even for emulators / simulators that come with the official SDKs. It’s not uncommon for companies to want to target all existing devices. However, that’s unrealistic given the actual cost of sourcing, managing and maintaining all the physical devices. The only realistic approach is to select a list of devices that your company will ensure compatibility combined with a well-managed user Beta testing program.
Aside from assigning resources to focus on the most critical devices, the only cost-effective approach to addressing the other field of devices is to engage groups of Beta testers. These Beta groups test the application on their devices and report any issues or incompatibilities. This will result in a compatibility database that can be used to adapt or fix the application as necessary.
Another important best practice is that companies should, if at all possible, avoid supporting devices or operating systems that the manufacturers or vendors no longer support. Trying to test on unsupported devices and O.S. versions increases costs exponentially.
In addition to the above, we must measure the quality of the applications developed regardless of the platform on which they will be executed. For this we may follow some or all of the following strategies:
This is one of the most important factors to verify when developing Mobile apps. Users will not accept apps that take too long to load or perform simple actions. Load and performance testing is a must on Mobile testing. Here are some topics to consider before writing the test plan:
The latest HTML5 and mobile web-based apps are optimized to adapt content according to geography. This means your app can be accessed from everywhere in the world, allowing it to work as expected.
Have you considered the following items while you developed your testing plan?
There are also several other things to keep in mind when writing your test scripts. The key here is to always think that your app could be accessed by people all over the world. The goal is to get it to work as if it were in your own country.
A proxy service could help on testing different localizations without being present on all the countries. This is a cheap option to test localization.
Consider taking advantage of remote real devices as another low-cost option to test localization.
There are some important things to differentiate when you test a native app versus a web based app.
Some considerations when testing native mobile apps:
Important factors when testing mobile Web-based apps:
Native apps developed by cross-platform SDKs — It is getting more frequent to use cross-platform SDKs to develop mobile apps that work for several devices/OS. One of them is Titanium. Despite that it brings you a native app, you may want to assure the app is running as it is expected on all the supported devices. Just testing in one of them is not an option!
Belatrix provides QA & Testing for enterprise level mobile applications.
Belatrix Software helps clients achieve the full impact of their R&D capabilities. Belatrix develops high quality, innovative software, QA and testing that enables clients to generate best-in-class, revenue producing software products, decrease time to market, and gain competitive edge. The company’s mission is to be a passionate global partner delivering software innovation to enhance our client’s aspirations. Belatrix’s clients include both established Fortune level and emerging, venture backed firms. A rising brand in Nearshore Agile outsourced software development, Belatrix Software has relationships with some of the fastest growing software startups to Fortune 500 companies. Belatrix is headquartered in Mendoza, Argentina with offices in Boston, Naples, Mendoza, and Lima. For more information, please call 617-608-1413 or visit https://belatrixsf.com.
Belatrix’s Quality Assurance Department provides testing and quality assurance services for projects developed within the company (internal projects) or by other companies (external projects). It also supplies mechanisms to improve existing practices by developing standardized processes for the entire company and by applying ISO™ standards, international standards, and lessons learned from CMMI™-SEI. Belatrix’s QA team specializes in high value-added QA services such as Load Testing, Scripted Testing, etc. Because of this we are extremely selective in our recruitment process and only hire top software engineers that have a passion for Quality Assurance.
Some of the Testing Strategies we follow are:
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