Mobile App Testing to Improve Functionality
There is a lot that needs to be done between the times that you make the app to completion to the time that people take to it and agree that it is something. As a developer who knows what he/she is doing, you will need to know that testing is a must.
It doesn’t matter how good your engineering is. You need to make an app that is perfect and the best way to make sure that is to have it tested several times and that is what we are here to talk about.
What is The Big Deal about Testing?
Well, you cannot be seriously asking that question but okay. It is to find errors and make sure that the app works exactly how it was intended to. It need to be fulfilling the needs of the users and also from the testing, there is room to improve the user experience.
The Things You Need to Observe Closely
During testing and development, you will need to watch some things very closely because they are what matters. There are three categories that you need to test that are very key. They will include;
- User Experience (UX)
- User Interface (UI)
With these three areas you flake you lose customers. That is why when you spot any bugs here, you will need to make sure that they have been taken care of and that is how you get and retain users and in the long run, revenue.
Testing the App
In app testing you will have challenges that will make you cry sometimes because of how exhausting it all is. The tester needs to be aware of the way that the app needs to function so that they can tell you if it is not delivering as expected.
There are different ways to test and they will all give you different results so that you can choose the one that will best serve you.
The Need to Understand Firmware
Firmware refers to the set of applications and operating systems that control the devices the app will be on. With these frameworks the performance of a device will be determined and that is how you will know how to use the abilities that it has.
This is a term that refers to the apps that have been developed for a certain operating system like solely for Android or iOS. The need to test an app is to see if it can fulfil this criteria;
- Transitioning from the app store to the smart device.
- The performance VS what you expected.
- The UX and the UI
- Backend and server communication.
- Uniformity across device types.
These are criteria that you need to meet.
The Difference between Testing Native Apps and Web Apps
The best testing will be done when the app has been downloaded to the device if it is built to be native. You need to have a feedback way that will show you what is wrong and how you can fix it. This is a direct way to communicate with the device and user.
Web apps run on HTML5. They may look like native apps but they are similar to websites.
Native Apps Testing
This is the process
- Install the app and launch
- For some test access to the Device ID
- Functionality and Usability Test e.g. OS, Screen and themes among others.
- API access.
Mobile Web Apps Testing
Here is how you do it;
- No installation
- Run it on device browser
- Check the internet connection
- Check the loading time.
Testing for Different Devices
We have so many different devices and you will need to find a way to test them all in a way that is feasible. These are the things that you will need to do;
- Test using multiple devices
- Test with emulators
- Test with a combination of both
Here we will look at all three and how they will work.
- Testing with Actual Devices
This is regarded as the most effective way to check for bugs and potential crashes. You will get to check the layout and the way that it has been designed. You need to see how they run optimally and what the firmware is like.
- App Emulators
With emulators, you get a simpler way that is also easy to maintain when testing apps. It is lie running the app in a simulation of a device. The only problem is that the rendering on emulators may not be accurate as to the one you will see on an actual device.
- Combining Device and Emulator
This has to be the most ideal way of testing because you get the best of both worlds and that is what all these things are all about. If you can spot all the problems, you will be good to go so, use them both.
Useful Information When Testing
Here are some of the things that we recommend you do;
- Device Emulators
When you are picking these out, you need to make sure that the following is present;
- Do you have network bypass?
- Can you use live network over the internet?
- Scripting ability.
- Instrumentation and networking options.
- Relevance to current tech systems.
It has to be good and it has to allow you to test everything.
- Using the Cloud
In the current world and technological level, you will find that real devices on the cloud will give you the best all round and most cost effective way to do the testing that you need to do. You will not pay too much for every device profile.
- Automated Tools
Cost effective and very easy to use, the automated tools method is one that you will need to use when you want to get it all. With this one you get the blend of actual devices and the emulators and that is what you need.
Remember that there is always more you can do. Even crowd testing is cool. They will point out the things that they don’t like and you can take it from there.