When it comes to mobile applications, testing is key. However, when and how this testing takes place can considerably differ depending on the type of application and the approach being leveraged for development. Whatever strategy is used, though, testing plays an integral role in the creation, launch and lifecycle of a mobile application.
Testing provides a number of opportunities and benefits for developers and QA team members, including the ability to pinpoint any problems with the application and address these before product launch. This way, users receive the best possible version of the application and can have a favorable experience using it.
While there’s no doubt that mobile application testing is important, some teams may be at a loss as far as what aspects to test, when to automate these processes and how to deal with any issues that might arise. Thankfully, SOASTA and Utopia are seeking to answer these questions and more with their upcoming Mobile App Testing Checklist webinar on September 24. Before participating in the webinar, however, let’s take a look at some of the different elements to keep in mind with mobile application testing.
Types of mobile application tests
Mohan Kumar and Manish Chauhan of Infosys noted in a recent white paper that there are several different types of tests that developers and QA teams should carry out, including usability, compatibility, interface and services testing. In addition, many teams also engage in low level resource, operational and security testing.
However, some of the most important trials are those connected with the application’s performance. Performance testing can involve a number of different aspects, such as checking the server connections, response time, code optimization, battery and memory consumption. ISTQB noted that performance testing can also extend to the app’s functionality with other device processes, including if processes are impacted by incoming messages, the size of the user’s mailbox or other considerations. In addition, if the app hinges on user-generated content or data, teams should test how the program performs as this content increases. The bottom line is to ensure that all features and application components operate as they should, and will provide an exceptional experience for the ultimate end user.
As there are a significant number of items to consider for performance testing, a number of teams have opted for automated tools that can streamline these processes. This way, team members need not manually set up testing environments and metrics for each specific aspect being tested – the automated performance testing tool takes care of all of this for them. The use of automated testing technology can not only shift the work away from team members, allowing them to focus on other mission-critical aspects of the product, but can also speed the application’s time-to-market. The SOASTA platform provides a range of testing tools, including TouchTest, our industry-leading test automation product.
If the obstacles and risks that can emerge with mobile application testing are not addressed, the ultimate production and performance of the app could suffer. Any bugs or other issues appearing in the application can impact a number of items, including the user experience, the profits gleaned from the project and the overall reputation of the company that released it. However, tools like those provided through our SOASTA platform can mitigate these risks.
SOASTA Mobile App Testing Checklist
Want to learn more about mobile application testing? Register here for our Mobile App Testing Checklist webinar at 10 a.m. PT on Sept. 24. Founder and CTO of Utopia Solutions Lee Barnes will be joined by SOASTA senior engineer Mike Ostenberg and SOASTA vice president of product marketing Brad Johnson to share tips and expertise on common app issues, missed testing areas, when to automate, available testing technology and collecting user information.
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