As an mobile app developer and computer programmer of Xicom- Mobile app development Services, Amanda Cline explains why mobile app testing is important ingredient for developing mobile apps.

Creating a mobile app can help you reach out to your targeted audience easily. However, with new applications getting released each day, your app will soon become outdated without a new version release. Put it simply, in order to ensure that you don't fall behind your competitors, it is important that your app is updated with new capabilities and recent upgrades made to all the major operating systems (like Android, iOS, etc.). And so, you should focus on rolling out a new version of your mobile app after a fixed time interval (ideally after a year). 

However, one issue that most of the app creators encounter when releasing the latest version of their mobile application is that apps often get deleted or broken immediately after running an update, or after making a handful of uses. But testing your mobile app can help deal with any issues that usually crops up once the app goes live. Mobile app testing is basically the process that helps locate any functional or performance issues within the app before making it available for public use.

Keep in mind, even if you've developed a great app model with better functionality than the ones belonging to your competitor, you might still fail to encourage end users to continue using the app. Wondering why? Well, it's certain that your users won't be happy on discovering problems with the application. Besides, all your money and efforts will go in vain if you can't convince users to utilize your app.

Through this post, I'll like to bring to your notice some key points that you must take into consideration when performing mobile application testing. Before that let's first have an overview of the significance of mobile app testing.

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 Why you should perform mobile app testing

According to Tom Taulli (a Forbes contributor), in today’s competitive landscape, you need more than a cool app to succeed in your application development venture. Of course, users won't hesitate and abandon a program on encountering any issues with the app functionality despite how promising the app may seem. In contrary, even building a simple app can turn out to be lucrative deal, if it works correctly.

Moreover, a noted app development specialist Jay Srinivasan, says that “Nearly half of the poor reviews posted on the app store are about issues such as battery drain, crashes, etc.” No matter what kind of app you have developed, testing it can surely help you overcome issues that are critical for avoiding failure of a program.

Although, mobile app testing is time-consuming and can prove a costly affair, keep in mind that it is an essential ingredient that will help in delivering positive app experience to your consumers. You need to make the experience of your app users a great one, every time they use your application. If not, then you won't be creating a loyal customer base, since customers won't prefer using a faulty app. Besides, they don't have the tools or the time to let you know about the problems they stumbled upon when using your app.

Now that you have understood the significance of mobile app testing, let's head towards understanding how application testing can be carried out in the right manner.

How you can perform mobile app testing the right way

Mobile app testing can be challenging, especially when you're involved in an Android application development project, owing to the device fragmentation issue. Simply put, testing mobile app for thousands of Android devices can be a daunting proposition. In fact, even iOS often causes such an issue, as you can find plenty of different iOS device models available on the market.

Below are 3 different approaches that will help make the mobile app testing process more manageable, and successful for you:

1. Focus on testing your app early using test driven development approach.

It's a known fact that testing an app early plays a vital part in creating high-quality apps. That's because it will help in catching and fixing bugs before they build up and requires tedious and expensive debugging later. You can test your mobile apps early in development phase using the Test Driven Development (TDD) approach. This approach involves writing an automated test for any provided feature in the very beginning, and then code the feature and make sure that it passes the test.

This has proved a worthy approach that not only helps in generating higher quality solution, but also boosts productivity of the programmer. What's more, the TDD methodology ensures that the entire code is included in at least one test, and thereby heightens quality. Additionally, this approach helps in reducing the need to write a lot of code.

2. Save time and money by automating the testing process.

With numerous mobile devices on the market today and new ones getting developed quite frequently, manually testing your mobile app does is not a feasible approach. And so, you should consider making the mobile app testing approach automated. The best aspect about automated testing is that it help saves a lot of time and money by running tests on multiple devices at the same time.

Furthermore, automated testing lessens risk of human error while testing an app. When using the automated approach, you'll have to execute test scripts on devices. This approach is quite useful for carrying out tests that help in testing the functions of the app at a very basic level (such as regression testing and smoke tests). Doing so, will save a lot of your time in testing the mobile application using regression and smoke tests, as they can be time consuming and repetitive when performed manually.

You can find several great tools that helps in carrying out automated testing, however, most of those tools utilize rooted or jailbroken devices. It is recommended that you should avoid using such tools, as they voids warranties, results in security holes, etc. So, make sure not to waste your time on testing the app on devices that aren't set up to be used legally.

3. Utilize user testing to know how users will use the app.

Despite several benefits that automated testing offers, it fails to address certain app testing areas. However, making use of user testing can help you understand the unforeseen aspects of human behavior – that helps in collecting valuable insights concerning how the app is used by consumers. 

So after completing the automation process to test your app, let real people (including QA team or any user group) test your app. Be sure that the mobile app is tested in this order of operations to catch and fix even the simplest of issues before providing to the app to your audience for testing. However, it doesn't make sense to pre-release your app, as it can turn into a painful process. Especially, non-tech savvy users may find releasing a prototype of their application a nuisance.

There a lot of other challenges associated with the user testing process as well. For instance, you will need to keep track on test user groups for each app and ensure that they contain the latest (and correct) version of the app; which can be a burden for the QA teams. However, using a suitable platform for managing app distribution and version of test builds will help make the app testing process smooth.

Conclusion

I hope that the post will help you understand the significance of mobile app testing. Also, don't forget to take a look at the three approaches discussed above, as it will definitely help you create higher quality and successful apps. 

 

Guest post by Amanda Cline