Businesses from diverse industries are relying on mobile apps for managing their processes and carrying out day to day needs. Customers too prefer mobile apps to access and buy services or products provided by businesses. So, it has become important for businesses to keep their apps updated by continuous testing and avoiding issues affecting the performance.
To make this happen, it’s imperative that a mobile app development is finished up with support of the best of the testing strategies. And the best testing strategy is one that includes the testing of an app’s accessibility, security, and the functionality by using the test automation. This sort of strategy reduces an app’s time to market, shortens the release cycles and removes issues related to quality assurance.
Let us help you by introducing certain ways to a successful mobile app testing approach. It should be considered by the QA team while developing a mobile app and designing the test strategy for it.
- Setting up the Automation Testing goals:
The goals of a business influence a lot in forming and following a particular sort of testing strategy for a mobile app development. If a mobile app, for example, is a game, it is required to be rigorously tested for a wide range of screens, processors, and sensors. The best way here is to apply an automated testing approach because it will allow developers to test the app across multiple devices and OSes simultaneously.
With Automation Testing, testers are able to achieve better test coverage at the lowest investment of cost and time. But the approach should first be properly planned in order to stay aligned with the ultimate goal. Merely implementing the automation testing would not make a sense if it doesn’t go with the intended goals, such as achieving compatibility, responsiveness, and security which together contribute in keeping an app ahead of the competition. So, every goal to be achieved through the testing need to be fully clear because the test automation is a costly affair and it requires trained resources and efforts to keep the process operational.
- Prioritizing the security of the app
Security of an app cannot be ignored at any cost, not even by chance. An app developed with taking the best possible security measures can easily be managed for cyber attacks and security breaches. Vulnerable apps can be victimized to disclose users’ sensitive information which may further lead financial losses. But the automation testing can take care of security right from the beginning of mobile app development project. The testing automation approach applied to achieve this goal includes security testing techniques, such as vulnerability scanning, security scanning, penetration testing, ethical hacking, risk assessment, and security auditing.
- Real devices and Emulators
Before an app goes live, its performance is tested in different testing environments. Whether it’s an emulator or a real device, no matter what’s your choice but the final goal is to better the mobile app performance and reduce infrastructure costs.
Testing an app on emulators is way more feasible and convenient then using real devices. On the other hand, testing on real devices will always be the first priority of professional testers. Still, the decision depends on the situation where the mobile apps have to perform. A gaming app, for example, will not support all screen sizes. As a result, the app has to be tested for selected devices having supported compatibilities.
- Selecting the right automation tool:
One of the most important things to do for designing a perfect mobile app testing strategy is to choose the right toolset. There is no shortage of testing automation tools in the market. But not all are helpful for achieving your testing goals. Hence, before you take a final decision, do always perform analysis, checks, and comparison of different parameters. Not every tool is compatible with the testing of every sort of mobile app development project. Also, the tool should support the testing through both simulators and real devices.
- Planning test cases
The test cases should be clear and concise in order to make the automation test a success. The choice has to be made regarding what test cases are needed (Functional or non-functional), test coverage key parameters, type of defects to be tackled and test scenarios on the issues that the app faces like in case of traffic, network fluctuations, device configurations etc. Planning should also focus on automating different levels of features like Unit tests/API, UI-Smoke or Full regression.
- Early Testing to achieve high quality
When testing early, you are able to reach the set quality milestones quite easily. First, it saves cost and then makes the app market-ready. Also, it cuts down unnecessary testing efforts. It ensures that the app is ready with the help of frequent release and performance checks at any stage of testing. The suggested approaches in this case include Agile, DevOps, and Shift-left. They ensure the best possible coverage of the mobile app.
The automation testing of a mobile app isn’t an easy task if it’s not strategized in a proper manner. The right testing helps in enhancing the app experience, quality and quick turnaround time.