Mobile App Testing - Main Challenges, Different Approaches, One Solution

Posted by Ely Hechtel in MobileMobile Development & Testing

Mobile app testing is crucial  for mobile app development in the digital transformation era we live in. A large number of companies are already aware of how important mobile app testing is, but most of them struggle with implementing it successfully in their development cycle. This free ebook gives an overview on this hot topic for those who are starting to approach this subject and for those who just want to know more about it.

This paper covers the different challenges in mobile application testing and will introduce advantages and disadvantages of manual and automated testing. In addition, we provide an overview of the different open source testing frameworks and suitable test infrastructures. Finally, this report suggests ways to optimize mobile application testing and show how Sauce Labs can help overcome challenges and inefficiencies.

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What is mobile application testing and why is it important?

The number and variety of consumer and enterprise mobile applications has grown exponentially over the last few years. In December 2016 Android users were able to choose between 2.6 million apps, while Apple’s App Store remained the second-largest app store with 2 million available apps.

But even though release cycles become shorter, mobile devices and platforms are becoming more fragmented and usability requirements are becoming more complex. Mobile users are not forgiving, and no company can afford a bad rating in the app stores. To prevent revenue loss, lost productivity and damage to brand reputation, organizations need to ensure that every application meets highest quality standards and runs flawlessly. This is where mobile app testing comes in.

In general, mobile application testing can be described as the process by which application software developed for handheld mobile devices is tested for functionality, usability and consistency.

Apart from functional testing, which – most importantly – ensures that the application is working per the requirements, performance testing (behaviour and performance under certain conditions; bad connections or low battery), security and compliance testing are very important also. Usability is one of the keys to commercial success and therefore, testing is crucial to verify if the application is achieving its goals and if it is getting a favourable response from users.

To release applications to market on time and within budget, you need a comprehensive testing strategy. Your mobile testing strategy should include a device and a network infrastructure, an optimized selection of target devices, and an effective combination of manual and automated testing tools to cover both functional and non-functional testing.

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