So here it is—your mobile application is reaching completion, and whether you have been working alone or as part of a team, you’ve worked long and hard, and now your app is ready to be released.
Or is it?
Your app will be a reflection of your company and it is incredibly important to ensure a positive user experience. The release of your app is a crucial time in which the user interface is assessed by App Stores and user engagement is most easily influenced. By testing your application, you will not only be prepared for any issues that might come up but you will also be able to prevent them by discovering and fixing bugs.
Many things can change during the development life cycle of your mobile application—but one thing’s for certain, there will be bugs. With Testing and Quality Assurance though, you can effectively correct any problems that come up.
So what should you test?
Devices & Platforms
There can be many factors to take into consideration when initiating the testing process for your mobile application. With a diverse range of operating systems, devices, and platforms, the room for error can be daunting. An app that works on one device might not on another. This is why a company must perform Compatibility Testing. The important thing to remember is to always keep your target market in mind so you can learn which device to start testing with. Android, iPhone, Blackberry, and Windows Phone are all options, and all with their own operating system (iOS, Windows, Jellybean, RIM). Determine the most popular device amongst your target market, and begin testing with that. Having a physical resource of these devices is imperative to ensuring your maximum testing coverage. At SQA Solution, we have partnered with Device Anywhere, which allows our engineers to test on simulated devices as well as real handset devices connected to live global networks that fully test the end user experience.
Network compatibility and connectivity must be tested to make sure your app is operable in any environment. Learn which is most prominent within your target demographic to start, and then move to test within various network conditions. Simulated cellular and Wi-Fi environments are your tool for network compatibility testing.
App Store Requirements
Each major app store has their own set of requirements that will aid in leading you through the testing process. This will ensure that your mobile application conforms to their requisites and can function fully within their operating systems.
How should you go about testing?
There are several important things to remember when initiating your testing process:
Most companies and organizations don’t have the resources available to develop their own QA/Testing team. In this instance, an outside testing organization must be employed. Make sure the QA Company you choose to work with has all the resources necessary for you to complete your testing process. Working with only one company allows the QA manager to have full control over the testing, ensuring efficiency, minimizing error, and ultimately guaranteeing your organization’s test success.
It is also important to utilize a testing platform that facilitates over-the-air build distribution and real-time session tracking to global testers. Include an in-app bug reporting system to allow testers to submit bugs “on-the-go” so that the development team can quickly and easily fix problems.
Your company should recognize Test Automation as an option. By incorporating external testing software with your mobile app, you can maximize test coverage and, over time, minimize the costs associated with testing by eliminating the human element of manually executing test suites. SQA Solution mobile test automation expertise will help your organization with mobile automation testing for regression purposes as well as OEM’s testing and different carrier testing.
Watch out for bug-based tester pay schedule platforms; you should be looking for a test schedule based on time testing and not the number of bugs found. This ensures overall mobile app performance to by giving testers incentive to retest rather than only focusing on new bugs.
The success of your mobile application is heavily influenced by how smoothly it runs. By testing your app, you can avoid many problems and bugs that can arise at its release thus maximizing your user satisfaction, minimizing stress for the development team, and increasing the apps overall success.
SQA Solution is a leader in Mobile Application Testing. Located in San Francisco, CA, our business is dedicated to ensuring your application functionality on end-user devices connected to live global networks. Contact Us regarding our rates and services—you will find that our methods will simplify the test process for you while simultaneously providing you with a full list of testing services to fit your needs.