Mobile Application Testing (Part 1)

Tram Ho

Today, smartphones are becoming a must, as the market is flooded with millions of applications. But the truth is only a few can make a mark and dominate the mobile world. In such a high capacity ratio, you have to make sure that in addition to providing something innovative and interesting to your customers, your application is also free. And so testing mobile apps is becoming very important.

1. What is mobile application testing?

A procedure for testing mobile applications for usability, functionality, and performance.

2. Necessary factors when testing mobile applications:

Mobile application testing is very different from software testing and web testing. There are a few specific details that you should consider before making a mobile application test:

  • Screen resolution
  • Turn on / off GPS
  • Screen orientation (horizontal, vertical)
  • Different manufacturers
  • Operating system
  • Mobile application type

3. Types of mobile applications:

The type of mobile application you are testing plays a very important role in determining your testing process. So be very clear about the type of mobile application you will be testing. They are organized into three different categories:

  • Mobile web applications: These are websites that you open through a mobile browser.
  • Native Apps: These are apps developed for a specific platform. (iOS, Android, Windows 10 M0bile, Tizen, BlackBerry).
  • Hybrid: This is a combination of mobile web app and native app.

4. Mobile application testing strategy:

Testing strategies can help you conduct the test appropriately, thereby increasing its effectiveness and efficiency. The basic points you need to consider while testing your mobile application are:

  • Select devices: Testing on real devices is always the best decision to test your mobile application. It helps to give the highest accuracy. But, with the market flooded with hundreds of different brands and different mobile phones, choosing the most suitable market to test is a difficult task.
  • Here are some suggestions to help you choose your device: Research the most widely organized and used mobile phones on the market. Select mobile phones with different screen resolutions. Select mobile phones with other operating systems. Do not underestimate features like compatibility, memory size, connectivity, etc. and pay attention to them.

5. Common mobile application testing tools:

  • To test functions: Appium, Selendroid, Robotium, Ranorex.
  • To test usability: Reflector, User Zoom, Loop
  • To check the mobile application interface: iMacros, FitNesse, Jubula, UIed Coded, LoadUI.
  • To check compatibility: CrossBrowserTesting, BrowserStack, Browseera, Litmus, Rational ClearCase, Ghostlab.
  • To test performance: New Apteligent, NeoLoad, Relic.
  • For security check: Proxy attacks ZAS of OWASP, CS Retina Community, Google Nogotofail, Veracode and SQL Map.
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