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Tuesday November 29, 2016
With the increasing popularity of smartphones, the demand for powerful and high-quality mobile apps is also increasing. Users these days demand high-performing apps that are accessible from any location or device. As a mobile app developer, is your app ready to take the challenge? With so many mobile apps submitted per day in the App Store and Play Store, is your app ready to stand out from the crowd? So, what must be done to ensure that your app, as promised, delivers optimum services to its users?
A mobile app must be thoroughly tested before it reaches the mobile app market to ensure that your app is free of bugs. If you are developing a mobile app, an accurate testing of the app must be an important part of your app development process.
Here is a list of 10 best practices for Android App testing services that will highlight different techniques and tips to test a mobile app:
1. Know your Target Audience: The first step is to identify and understand the requirements of your target audience. The major challenge faced by mobile app developers is that they have to design an app that fulfills the high user expectations of its users.
As compared to the Web and desktop users, mobile app users are quite impatient and need their apps to load the pages quickly. Therefore, it is important to know your target audience and their needs. You would need to have information about the users such as age, mobile usage habits, geographic location, gender, and so on. A fair idea about this information will help you to know your user and their usage patterns better. This will ultimately help you in reducing your efforts in testing your app by focusing on the most important requirements of the user.
To have better understanding of your user requirements, you can conduct user interviews, market research on some target groups, and get user statistics from mobile app stores.
2. Get familiar with various Mobile Testing Techniques: As a tester, you must have a thorough know-how of different software testing techniques such as boundary values, classes, equivalence, in addition to acceptance criteria, and so forth. Further, the knowledge of functional and non-functional testing methods from Web and desktop apps are also required.
3. Test on Real Devices: Although, during the development phase of the mobile app, you can test it on different emulators and simulators, but it is highly advisable that it must be tested on a real device to understand its look and feel and usability.
4. Test on different Data Networks: Similarly, you must also test your app in different data networks to understand its ability to perform well even while switching from one network to another while the user is on the go.
5. Test in different Languages: If your mobile app is going to work in different countries, then it must support different languages. You must test your app to ensure that it supports the languages that it promises to offer.
6. Test against different Hardware Features: Smartphones these days come with several powerful hardware and sensors that are required to interact with the user and the surrounding world. If your app is going to work with any of the sensors then it must be thoroughly tested against different sensor-specific sensors. Same applies in case of hardware features, such as camera, microphone, display, and so on. Every camera comes with different lens and resolutions and if not tested properly, this can have an effect on the picture quality.
7. Test for Standby Mode and Battery Issues: You must also test your app to find out whether it can handle the standby mode. It is essential to test whether your app is updating the current view or not to get the recent data from the database. Similarly, while testing for the standby mode, it is important to check the amount of battery consumed by the app. As a best practice, it is recommended to begin testing the app with a fully charged battery and then record the state of the battery at an interval of every 10 minutes to get an idea of the battery consumed. Further, the app must also be tested when the battery remains only 10-15% as in this case, the device tends to enter a battery safe mode and disables all the hardware features.
8. Plan Testing Strategy: It is important to have a testing strategy in place beforehand so that all the testers adhere to the same guidelines for testing and there remains uniformity in testing.
9. Limit Permissions: Ensure that your app makes use of only those permissions that it needs to have and does not have any additional permission.
10. Test App Usability: It is important that your app must be user-friendly, displays clear error messages, and provides clear instructions to its users as to how to solve the error in the app when encountered.
It is observed that most of the users do not come back if they find a single bug in your app. Therefore, select a good testing strategy and devise a good testing plan to ensure that your mobile app is completely free of bugs. If you want to test your newly developed android app, you can approach an experienced freelance tester or an android app testing services company.