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Title: What is Mobile Testing?


1
Mobile Testing
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2
Introduction
  • With the declining prices of mobile devices, it
    is not surprising to see a large number of people
    are opting for high-end devices. The advantage of
    the new set is, of course its functionalities.
    Users can engage in a number of activities, which
    was initially only possible from a PC or a
    laptop. As per a recent survey, it has been found
    that 80 of the internet users own a Smartphone.
    So, applications that are created will also have
    a rising number of users. Product companies that
    are planning to release new applications ought to
    benefit from this new wave of increasing usages.
    But are those applications performing seamlessly
    on multiple platforms and devices?
  • In order to compete in the global market, ability
    to function on a multitude of smart devices as
    well as platforms like Windows, MAC, e-readers
    and others is necessary. This calls for a
    strategy known as mobile testing in the IT world.
    The increasing usage of mobile devices have sky
    rocketed the demand of mobile testers. Companies
    have realized that success of their native, web
    or hybrid application doesnt rely only on one
    platform rather it must work on others too and
    without any discrepancies. Hence, both manual and
    automated testing is implemented to launch a
    flexible application.

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What is Mobile Testing?
  • Frustrating GUI, confusing UX or a series of
    incessantly slow API can lead to a tragic demise
    of any application. The approach is
    understandable because the product companies want
    to capture the market before others, but gambling
    with time and quantity over care and quality has
    never given successful result. So, to remain
    competitive in a fast-paced market, mastering the
    art of mobile testing has become increasingly
    important for any company. The core process
    comprises of analysing and suggesting changes on
    the basis of the functionality, performance,
    usability, accessibility, security, instructional
    design of the application. The categories
    include
  • Testing for learning content on e-readers
  • Testing for BFSI specific applications on smart
    phones
  • Testing enterprise level deployment of devices
  • Testing common end user applications on devices

4
  • The trained testers have to be well-researched
    and must know the methodologies to test apps
    built with latest mobile and web technologies
    including HTML 5, CSS 3. Apart from these, test
    cases based on the Human Interface Guidelines
    (HIG) must also be implemented to eliminate every
    possible error.
  • Before implementing the mobile testing
    strategies, it is necessary to plan out what
    devices should be covered. The average
    performance time of the application should be
    decided taking into account the product's time
    and cost constraints.

5
Challenges of Mobile Testing
  • Launching an application in the market that can
    be accessed by all the mobile devices is,
    undoubtedly a great feeling because it elucidates
    success of the product. But the major challenge
    that testers have to face is the increasing
    number of operating systems along with different
    versions, multiple devices, multiple carriers,
    varying speeds of data transference, multiple
    screen sizes, multiple controls of inputs and of
    course multiple technologies.
  • Even if all those aspects are taken care of, what
    comes next is the kind of the app- native, web or
    hybrid. Each of this type of application is built
    differently. Apart from these, here are 4 other
    challenges that mobile testers have to face
  • Device Fragmentation
  • Data Consumption
  • Processing Power and Battery Life
  • Touch screen UX and GUI

6
Approach to Handle Challenges
  • Even if these challenges have turned out to be a
    regular phenomenon for almost all the testers, it
    is necessary to acknowledge techniques. But the
    question is, can there is a single full proof
    technique to test for an application? To answer
    this, the testers have categorized device testing
    into 3 heads. This is based on the number of
    users using the device under test.
  • Low Level- This includes devices, which are used
    by small number of users that can even be the
    out-dated ones. In order to test on such devices,
    HIG level test process is executed.
  • High Level- This includes devices that are new
    in the market and the users are not many
    because of its high price or lack of availability
    in the market. Testers usually opt for HIG and a
    set of chosen important test processes for this
    level.
  • Full Pass- The devices in this category are
    widely used across the globe and are latest in
    the market. The testers execute every level of
    testing processes like the HIG, minor, major and
    even critical ones.

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  • Now, to decide the best strategy, a mobile tester
    has to understand the device and adopt one that
    suits requirement. For instance, both manual and
    automated testing has its share of advantages.
    If a tester needs to check the representation of
    the application in number of devices, manual
    testing becomes the chosen technique. It helps to
    understand the acceptance, usability and
    accessibility of the end user. The automated
    testing technique is implemented when the testers
    are working under pre-defined constraints like
    time and resource, and yet they have to achieve a
    desired level of test coverage. But on some
    circumstance, the team of testers applies both
    the techniques to get clear result about the
    application. Apart from this, there are a bunch
    of mobile testing tools to support the overall
    testing process. But these cannot substitute the
    solutions tester receives through manual or
    automated process.

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Future of Mobile Testing
  • With so many mobile devices penetrating into
    market at every juncture, it may not be possible
    to find a one-size-fits-all testing solution. But
    it is important for an app development company to
    have a trained pool of mobile testers with not
    just functional testing but also usability
    testing experiences. A tester can even combine
    various methods but ignoring mobile testing can
    be extremely detrimental.
  • The demand of apps will continue to grow and it
    will be more powerful and more complex with time.
    But the credibility of the developer will
    continue to depend on the functionality and
    performance of the application on multiple
    platforms and devices, which further makes the
    need of mobile testing obligatory.

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