Mobile App Development March 18, 2020

Five Best Practices of Mobile Application Testing

Written by Analytix Editorial Team Jagruti Patel

Developing a bug-free mobile application today is next to impossible. Even a small glitch that escapes notice could ruin the app’s future. In the $105B app economy of 2020, users have come to expect a fast and flawless experience even as time-to-market, and the timeliness of update availability, can be a deal breaker.

According to App Annie, in 2020, global mobile app store gross revenue will hit $102.5 billion and global mobile app store downloads will reach 288.4 billion. Increased usage of smartphones to resolve various queries or gather information to meet everyday requirements will drive demand for mobile applications and result in a growing demand for mobile app testing.

The rise of new mobile app technologies – like fintech, AR & VR, and cloud apps —further raises the stake on mobile app testing to ensure app quality, performance, and security for a high-quality app experience.

Plan your testing strategy with a test-driven development (TDD) approach

Developing the right mindset and strategy comes before developing the processes. A testing strategy like TDD improves the quality of the code, increases the success of your app, and allows you to embrace new technology without hassle. Additionally, it allows developers to stay focused on small chunks of features to ensure that all app features function properly.

Test on real devices, device cloud, emulators, and simulators for automation testing

According to the App Developer Magazine, the mobile app testing market will be valued at $13.3B by 2026. With the ever-growing world of mobile devices on which applications need to be tested, emulators are a great place for initial quality testing and initial quality assurance. They can help run tests in parallel with the speed and scale developers need, thus reducing testing time to a few minutes. Emulators also significantly accelerate the app testing process while allowing manual testers to focus on other important tasks such as exploratory tests and usability tests.

Real-world devices are the preferred method for performance testing. Testing on real-world devices is of great importance for sensors such as GPS, proximity sensors, life sensors, and force touch gesture. Complementing Integrated Developer Environments (IDEs), scalable testing tools like device cloud infrastructure like Firebase, AWS Device Farms, Kobiton, and others together with real devices helps you get more quality results. A fine balance of initially using cloud-based automated testing methods and then moving to real-world devices as you move to a later stage of your mobile app testing is an efficient approach.

Shift left to (CT) continuous testing- test early

Mobile app testing is primarily finding potential bottlenecks that exist in the code of your mobile app. Shifting left allows you to conduct testing early in the development cycle. By beginning to test early, this approach helps in cost saving and timely delivery. This also ensures that the root cause of bottlenecks and quality issues are addressed and corrected when detected. This allows speed, efficiency, and productivity as well as a decrease in delays that may happen if the bugs been discovered late in the development cycle.

Commit to performance and stress testing

Diligently doing performance testing with user scenarios helps evaluate speed, scalability, and stability to help gauge whether the mobile app will perform optimally under the expected load. In addition, stress testing ensures the app doesn’t consume too much memory or power, which can make it a performance hog. Using tools like WebLOAD, LoadUI Pro and SmartMeter – in addition to User Acceptance Testing (UAT) – allows app developers to test factors such as battery consumption, security testing, disk-space, and processing power to ensure the the app is robust.

Get world-class expertise in your testing team

Successful teams recognize the value of speedy access to relevant experts. When time is a scarce resource, a high-performance team with specialized expertise in mobile app testing can be quick to collaborate, innovate, and produce consistently superior results. Rather than doing it in-house which can be time-consuming and expensive, a practical and efficient approach is to outsource mobile app testing to experts.

Stop struggling with mobile app testing challenges

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