Today's mobile users are becoming less forgiving when an app is released with glitchy performance or features that don't work as they should. In the current mobile app landscape this is not surprising. Apps are released on a near-daily basis, boosting competition in the marketplace and providing other options for users when an app doesn't perform to their liking.
Keeping this in mind, mobile app performance testing has become a vital step in the development processes. Many app developers have adopted an agile approach in order to expedite the cycle, testing their design iteratively during development to find bugs incrementally as code is developed and to make any problems easier and more cost-effective to correct.
When it comes to testing the mobile performance of an application, no two apps are alike. However, there are some industry best practices and considerations that should be observed when testing any app, including:
What type of app is being tested?
Whether the app is a native, Web or hybrid app will determine the parameters for testing, as well as the environment needed. For instance, a native app that only uses the user device's hardware requires different testing capabilities than a Web app, which needs an online environment in which to be tested. Native apps utilize advanced capabilities that optimize the mobile operating systems like iOS and Android. Developers will want to assure that every complex gesture and action can be tested and automated. For interactive and responsive app development for mobile web apps, developers must consigner the impact hundreds or thousands of simultaneous users will have on individual user experience. To be sure that testing is carried out effectively, developers should leverage a solution that supports the full spectrum of testing requirements to assure and measure quality, such as our best-in-class CloudTest system.
What devices are being utilized?
A critical consideration when developing and testing apps is what devices they will be used on. Research shows that Android is currently leading the global mobile market, boasting the most users worldwide. However, developers in North America and Europe spend about half of their time testing on the iOS platform.
For this reason, app creators need a solution that allows them to test on a range of different operating systems to see just how their app will function in real-world settings. SOASTA's mobile solutions for Private Device Clouds provide just this capability, enabling developers to guarantee that their apps will work successfully no matter the device being used, with options that put devices in your hands and accessibilty for your team, whoever they are.
About the Author
Brad is a cloud-testing pioneer who joined SOASTA in December 2008. His former roles as head of test and monitoring products at Compuware, Mercury Interactive and Borland prepared him well to disrupt the skeptical and established software quality market with updated approaches and technologies for continuous web and mobile testing.