Today, every business and consumer needs mobile applications for the management of their business and day to day necessities. It becomes important to always keep the mobile app updated by constant testing to avoid any steeplechases in the success of the business. To make this possible, the introduction of a successful mobile application testing strategy becomes very critical. This would cover the testing of the mobile app’s accessibility, security, functionality and accessibility using test automation which would reduce time, shorten the release cycles and remove the QA bottlenecks.
pCloudy brings to you certain ways to a successful Mobile App Testing that the QA team should consider while designing effective test framework and mobile app testing strategy.
- Establishment of the Testing goals:
The foremost need to execute and development and testing activity is to define the business’s testing goals. For example, if a mobile gaming app needs to be tested for compatibility and performance across various devices, the best approach would be test automation as the app can be tested across multiple devices and operating systems, simultaneously.
- Considering Test Automation as a goal:
Automation testing would allow the testers achieve better test coverage and reduce cost and time. This should be a properly planned approach so that it aligns with the ultimate objective. Mere implementation of any testing tool or framework would not make sense unless it goes along with the objectives that are intended to be fulfilled using the tool, may it be compatibility, security, responsiveness or anything that makes the mobile application stay ahead of the competition. Mobile app test automation is an expensive affair as it needs trained resources and efforts in making the tool operational. So, if the goals are not clear, there can be a huge wastage of time and resources.
- Prioritizing App Security :
Security of the application cannot be neglected by any chance. Cyber and viral attacks need to be managed by developing a secure mobile application. This vulnerability of mobile applications can uncover user’s sensitive information, it may also cause financial losses due to Mobile application security breach. A mobile application can never be strong enough just by having commendable features, compatibility or experience if its security is questioned. The approaches to a successful and secure Mobile app automation testing include security testing techniques like vulnerability scanning, Security Scanning, Penetration testing, ethical hacking, risk assessment and security Auditing.
- Real devices vs Emulators:
Performance of the mobile applications can be tested on different test environments before going live. Whether it is emulators or real devices, whatever the choice maybe, the ultimate goal should be the better mobile app performance and reduction in the infrastructure costs. Testing on emulators
- is very feasible and convenient now a days but testing on the real devices will always top the list in terms of accuracy of the results and compatibility on the mobile application. The decision stays in the situations where the mobile app has to perform. For instance, the gaming mobile apps are accessed on selected screen types, so testing on all the devices is not a sensible choice. An effective mobile app Automation testing strategy should revolve around the decisions regarding devices, network configuration and operating .
- Choosing right Automation tool:
Choosing the right tool is the important element of the mobile app testing strategy. There are multiple automation tools available in the market but not all can help achieve the automation testing goals. Hence, the analysis, checks, comparisons of key parameters should always be performed to reach the right decision. Not every tool is compatible with every type of mobile app, programming languages and continuous integration servers. Also, the tool should allow execution on both simulators and real devices. Ultimately, the tool should enable the team to adopt automation effortlessly.
- Planning Test Cases:
The test cases should be clear and concise in order to make the automation tests a success. 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 i.e Unit tests/API, UI-Smoke or Full regression.
- Early Testing is to quality:
Testing early helps reaching the quality milestone quite easily. It saves costs, makes the mobile application market ready and helps cut down testing efforts. This also ensures app readiness with the help frequent releases and performance checks at any point of app testing. Few of the testing approaches in this case are Agile, DevOps and Shift-left which also ensure best test coverage of the mobile app. Mobile application market is quite competitive and ensuring quality and app performance is the need of the hour.
Mobile App Automation Testing is not an easy task if it is not properly strategized and executed. It helps in improving app experience, quality and quick turnaround time. The plan should consider the complete scope of automation testing, selection of right tools and how to integrate the plan with existing resources to achieve the best. The above mentioned steps would help understand this subject and its scope better.