Types of Mobile App Testing & How It Differs from Desktop Testing

Android App Testing, iOS App Testing

Thursday July 21, 2016

The demand for mobile application testing services is at an all time high. Businesses, focusing on apps do need the help of testing services to make their app a success. Thousands of apps are flooding into the app market daily.  Unfortunately, most of them remain as a zombie in the app stores.

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Lack of awareness about mobile app testing is one of the main reasons for making your app unnoticed in the app stores. We are trying to give you an idea about different types of mobile application testing via this article.

Different types of mobile app testing

Let’s learn about different types of testing process involved in mobile app testing services.

Functional Testing

You have to do functional testing in order to make sure that your app is working as it is needed. Usually testing performs on user interface, demands flow of the app. As you might know desktop applications need a lot of attention. Like that, mobile apps need lots of human consideration while testing.

Unlike desktop applications, mobile app testing has several challenges such as different types of mobile gadgets, various OS environments (android, iOS etc.), and variation of applications and functions depending upon the mobile gadgets.

As it’s time consuming, complex and exhaustive process, it is unwise to perform functional testing on devices manually. So, always perform it automatically.

There are many automation tools available in the market. But it’s expensive as well, because of its user demand and market value. This shows that automation process of functional testing needs a huge financial investment, time and experienced testers who are able to utilize automation tools effectively.

Some testing teams use certain manual testing setting with automated tests. Such kind of experiments will improve the efficiency of functionality testing services.

Even testers on your team can combine manual testing with automation tools for effective functional testing results.

Recommended Read : Mobile Software Testing Guide for First Time App Developers

Performance Testing

This is somewhat an interesting phase of testing for a tester. Here a tester has to address a set of varied challenges. Many of us are familiar with issues such as draining of battery owing to heavy battery uses, bandwidth problems while switching from 2G to 3G or Wifi, difficulties while transferring heavy files because of low memory, etc. A tester has to check all these issues by installing the app on different types of mobile gadgets.

It’s clear that the performance of app can be affected by both the application’s server and client. Therefore testers have to consider both sides of the application while doing performance testing services.

Memory Leakage Testing

It’s important to perform the memory leakage test to make sure your app is utilizing optimized memory on different mobile devices.

When compared to computer systems, the inbuilt memory of a mobile device is very low. Most of the OS environments shut applications that are consuming too much memory. So, testers must ensure that an app do not slow the mobile devices by performing mobile leakage testing.

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Interrupt Testing

It’s natural that we face many interruptions while using an app. Some of the common interruptions are receiving SMS or incoming calls, issues while connecting external devices, inserting power cable when the app is running etc.

To make sure that your app is able to withstand all these interruptions; a tester is supposed to perform interrupt testing.

Usability testing 

The success of an app depends on its flexibility to use. A good app should be able to give amazing user experience to the customers. To ensure that your app is user friendly, usability testing services may help you.

Installation Testing

It’s important to check the consistency of your app during installing and uninstalling processes. Frequently crashing apps during these processes do not survive in the market. To make sure that one can install and uninstall your app on one’s device safely, installation testing will help you.

Read Also: 5 Types of Testing to Make Your Mobile Apps User Friendly

Security testing

If an app is vulnerable to security threats, people hardly use that app. So, you have to ensure the credibility of your app by performing security testing services.  It helps you in giving assurance to your customers that your app is free from security threats.

So, all these mobile application testing types may help to provide amazing apps to your customers. Error free apps help you gain the trust of app users on your mobile applications.  



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