Points to consider when testing a mobile app
Points to consider when testing a mobile app
Many product owners invest money in app development to increase profit and get more clients. Nowadays, it's a great idea because most people use smartphones for almost everything - making photos, ordering, communicating, sharing files, etc.

Mobile app testing has specific traits that can cause problems during the testing process. Statista research in 2018 showed that the main challenge in mobile app testing in companies is the absence of the right testing techniques and an unstable testing process.

Our team at a mobile app testing company tried to clear up the main points and aspects to consider when testing a mobile app. 

  1. Great UX and UI.

It's not a secret that UX/UI is very important as users rate apps for intuitive usability and easy on eye app appearance. Every platform has its guidelines and requirements for how applications should look and be organized. For example, most popular platforms such as Android and iOs differ in system fonts, options locations, and color options. To provide the best user experience and avoid problems is crucial to be familiar with platforms' guidelines.

2. Availability for multiple configurations. 

Nowadays, the smartphone market provides a huge number of different models of mobile phones with multiple configurations. 

Various operations systems, versions of OS, and size screens impact app performance and user experience. Hardware specs such as RAM, storage, CPU, firmware impact performance too.

The goal of software testers is to ensure that applications work on mobile devices with multiple configurations and find the best configuration for the app. One OS can have a lot of versions of it. For example, Apple released 15 iOS versions from 2019-2020 and 8 new smartphones with different technical specs (and remember there are still people who use iPhone 5s or iPhone 6).

3. Manual and automated testing. 

Automated testing is a reliable approach that speeds up a testing process and rid a team of routine work. But this approach is expensive and sometimes unnecessary. In some cases, only manual testing works. Test cases where interaction with humans is necessary are usually proved with manual testing. For example, evaluating app appearance or making exploratory testing can only be done by humans. 

Use automated testing to easily scalable projects with complex architecture. Automated testing fits for repeated test cases or cases with a high amount of data where there is a high risk of errors related to human factors. At the start of the project, it's important to hire a QA automation service and create a testing strategy, choose which test case automates and which doesn't. Thus you reduce development costs and speed up product release time.