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Mobile apps represent a massive opportunity for building a mobile-based company, but success mainly depends upon Quality Assurance team. Quality Assurance Team (QA) plays a vital role in the development of mobile applications.

To ensure the success of an app, QA must be involved in all stages of development, from creating the concept, analyzing requirements and wishes, creating test specifications, testing early versions of the app, releasing the finished product, to the post-development review process.

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Mobile application testing challenges

Like any desktop or web application testing, mobile application testing is also paying attention on the quality and performance of the ultimate artifact. However, mobile app testing becomes far trickier because of the following key aspects:

  • Device fragmentation

Mobile device fragmentation is a phenomenon that occurs when some mobile users are running older versions of an operating system, while other users are running newer versions.

Unlike conventional web or desktop applications, mobile apps are used on multiple devices and platforms, such as iPhone, Android, Windows and many more. Moreover, there are manifold versions of operating systems for each device.

  • Availability of mobile testing tools

In-house testing constantly suffers from the paucity of sophisticated testing tools and methodologies, in accumulation to extremely competent testing possessions. Moreover, they don’t have admittance to mobile testing best practices, guidelines and industry standards that need to be complied to.

  • Application Life cycle Management

Application lifecycle management (ALM) is the supervision of a software application from its initial planning through retirement. It also refers to how changes to an application are documented and tracked.

Factors to be considered for a successful mobile app testing:

Functional
Functional testing is the most commonly considered type of testing for any app. At the start of your project, get your team to write up test cases revolving around all the functionality of the app. Starting test case documentation early in the project helps with improved understanding of the requirement.

Usability
Make sure everyone in the project understands the difference between “User Interface” and “User Experience”. Finding visual element bugs is User Interface related. However, in addition, testers need to understand the User Experience from various points of view such as user demographics, animation, touch and gestures used. So considering usability testing of the app prior to starting the project is absolutely vital.

Performance
Performance of the app is also a key factor to be considered while testing a mobile app. Performance optimization has to be considered during the implementation of the app in terms of optimizing the web service communication, local caching, media streaming optimization, etc.

Battery Drain & Location services
Many users simple delete the apps just because that respective app consume more battery than other apps. So it is very important to double check that the app is not running the location services in the background. This results in battery drain.

Automation
Many consumer based apps require rigorous testing as the behavior of each consumer varies from one scenario to the next. Besides manual testing, there are certain scenarios which can’t be executed during manual testing, but which can be automated by scripting the test cases. This will ensure that certain user interactions are tested completely. Stress testing can be performed using test scripts.

So, these are all about my experiences in Quality Assurance. What are the steps that you consider before mobile application testing?