In less than a decade, almost half of the planet has bought a smartphone. Mobility has gone from a novelty to a multi-trillion dollar industry. It is the fastest adopted technology in the history of civilization.
It is the future for your application.
Already companies have created mobile applications as a new form of communication with their customers. They have set up apps to inform, promote, and to sell their products. Businesses are also leveraging mobile technologies to achieve greater productivity, and to offer new ways to serve their markets.
From Dunkin Doughnuts offering delivery service via a mobile app, to large retailers reinventing their inventory process to include tracking by way of mobile devices and customized software, mobile applications are changing things for everyone.
Which is why testing for mobile applications has become a much more important task.
A company can invest millions in developing the perfect mobile application, only to miss in its quality assurance. Bugs go undetected by the company, but are discovered by the end user. The end user will delete the app. They will stop buying anything associated with your brand. If they paid good money for your app, in some cases they will sue.
Mobile testing impacts the bottom line of a business more than ever before.
The Main Challenges for Mobile Testing
- Different Devices. Unlike desktop applications which all operate over standard desktop or laptop computers, mobile applications run on phones, tablets, watches, and even in cars, homes, and household appliances. Mobile testing makes your application runs fine over screens of different sizes, and even shapes.
- Different Operating Systems. Where 90% of desktops ran on windows, there are four different mobile operating systems a mobile device can run on.
- Different coverage Areas. A desktop is immobile. It sits in one area and stay there, more or less, for the life of its use. Connected by wire, the connection is stable and usually fast. A mobile device is, well, mobile. The user is constantly moving from place to place, and from one coverage area to another. You have to make sure that different local connections won’t affect the performance of your mobile application.
- Time Constraints. Mobile testing is time consuming process that takes place in a competitive environment which demands that the apps are released to market quickly.
- Test automation. To cover such a wide test coverage as fast as possible, you have to automate your mobile testing. A good test automation tool will let you record a test script, and run it over again without having to recode the test.
- Parallel execution with cloud testing. Parallel testing is when your mobile testing tool lets you run a test on multiple devices at once. You can plug in a tablet with and Android operating system, and a Samsung with an iOS into your computer and run the tests simultaneously. You can also use mobile cloud testing where you are also connected, by the cloud, to 10, 20, 50 devices all at once, all of them running the same test in tandem.
- Network virtualization. To make sure that your user in Tokyo can enjoy the same mobile performance of your app as a user in Toledo you need to simulate any type of mobile connection a user will have anywhere on earth. A mobile tester must run his functional tests over different types of local coverage to guarantee his app works everywhere!