What is Mobile Testing?
Mobile app customers always expect your app to run flawlessly, regardless of the operating system, screen size, and permissions. Is an emulator a solution? An emulator means laboratory conditions, which differ from real conditions you can expect. If you find a serious error, the process of fixing the error will be slower and more expensive to fix than the same problem fixed in advance. Bottom line: developing mobile applications requires a mobile testing strategy.
Why mobile testing is needed?
With the high competition and high expectations of the consumer, the future of your hard work on the development of this application revolves around the UX. An application with bugs won’t only harm your reputation, it will also lose consumers. Even with not so serious problems, consumers tend to immediately remove the application. Some users may delete the app right away, more so, if it stays frozen for a couple of seconds! They will share their experiences with friends and family and post negative reviews in app stores, which in turn will undermine the future of your product.
Reasons for the market failure of mobile applications
In 2012, the company Apigee conducted a study where US users of mobile applications named the reasons that prompted them to publish a bad review: 76% - freezes. Moreover, 18% admitted that they would immediately remove the application from the device if it froze for only 5 seconds” 71% - crashers. 59% - slow responsiveness. 59% - and heavy battery usage. Only a mobile test will help you stay one step ahead. By identifying possible inconvenience to the user interface, obstacles to user interaction, or functional malfunctions before launching a new product or the next iteration of your software, you can release a better product.
How mobile testing works
As there is a huge variability of devices, so there is a huge variability of their testing. Cloud lab \ emulators, laboratory device, but irrespective of whether how many devices to access the developer conducts automated tests across multiple platforms via the cloud or use an emulator - the key objective remains unchanged - quality and how to find bugs faster.
In general, all tests are divided into two types: in the form of automatic tests or manually. Typically, automation is used for complex, time-consuming testing scenarios. You can start testing as in the initial stages of application development, as well as in a pre-launch state and even after release on the sites. Regardless of the moment of the beginning, all stages of testing are carried out. Such as:
Installation - confirms the installation and removal of the application on a number of devices.
Functional - checks the operation of the software from the point of view of the user. The performance of all the functions expected by the consumer.
Usability - explores user experience and ensures ease of use of the application and will provide customers with a positive experience.
Performance - determines the performance of the application on various types of connections: 2G, 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi.
Security - confirms that the application information system protects confidential data.
Interrupt - explores how an application responds to an interruption. Whether the printed text is saved, whether the character returns to the last place, whether the results of previous work are saved.
Memory leakage - checks if temporary access to memory is returned to run the program because if it is unavailable, memory is reduced until the program can no longer work.
Certification - ensures that applications comply with industry standards. After all, their non-compliance can also lead to unpleasant consequences.
Location - takes into account changes in connectivity across networks and locations. An important part of this phase is the internationalization test to take into account regional differences. With many aspects to test, mobile application developers may struggle to conduct comprehensive testing in tight production times. Yet putting the software through its paces under real-world conditions — to test not only that it does what is expected but also what happens if a user does something unexpected? All this boils down to the fact that testing shouldn’t be in laboratory conditions, but in those when the user does everything possible with the application - it often turns out to be a key factor in creating your product.
Mobile Testing with Buglance
Buglance makes it possible to work with professional testers around the world who have access to a wide range of devices and operating systems, as well as the geographical diversity, so necessary for thorough mobile testing. Buglance offers you something that can’t be done on your own or be outsourced. You get access to results in real conditions around the clock.
To guarantee the functionality of the platform, abundant crowdtesting does both preliminary and after release tests. Moreover, we take care of the most problematic part of paying to all employees. Also, we take care of documentation, as long as your teams will focus on their work. Buglance crowdtesters always give the most realistic assessment of the possible evaluation of the software by customers, because they have vast experience in software testing, they often find problems that automated scripts do not find. Since you are constantly adapting your application to a wide range of devices, your project will be more prepared for further development. Our experienced testers will help you characterize known defects and discover those that you have never known about.