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Posted June 5, 2017

Mobile App Testing: Challenges, Approaches, and Solution

Read about the challenges in mobile application testing and the implications of manual and automated testing.


Many organizations are still struggling to implement effective mobile application testing approaches that fit with current software development processes. Most of today’s available testing methodologies are based on traditional waterfall development methods. While more than 30% of organizations have already implemented the agile development methodology to some degree, just 9% of organizations are fully agile.

Although agile projects show an overall higher percentage of success rates, an essential success factor for agile projects is to have the right skill set within the application delivery team. Lacking the right test automation tools means that teams of developers and testers spend excessive time in testing manually and having to cover multiple devices, operating systems, and various configurations.

Cloud infrastructure presents an optimal solution for businesses who are looking for convenient and accessible tools that fit into their development processes without setting up their own infrastructure. Enabling testing on hundreds of real devices, cloudbased automated testing services can provide an almost instant reduction of downtime, which lowers costs, and helps deliver applications to the market faster.

This paper will discuss different challenges in mobile application testing and will introduce advantages and disadvantages of manual testing as well as test automation. In addition, this paper will give an overview of different open source frameworks and suitable test infrastructures. Finally, this report will suggest ways to optimize mobile application testing and show how Sauce Labs can overcome challenges and inefficiencies.

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