Mobile apps are being created at a furious pace these days. Smart phones, tablets, wearables, and similar mobile devices are quickly becoming the main source for online interactions and purchases. In return, the mobile app market has responded with its own exponential growth. In regards to QA Testing, Mobile app testing is quite different than traditional QA testing. It comes with its own set of challenges.
Top 4 Mobile Testing Issues for Developers and Testers
- Non-standardization: Mobile apps are designed to run on a variety of mobile devices with a variety of operating systems and versions. While most mobile devices appear to be quite similar, there are many differences between devices. Even devices made from the same manufacturer can vary greatly. Further, there are many different operating systems with several versions available. Certain operating systems often have specific features and policies. When testing Mobile Applications or responsive websites, these factors need to be considered, so the tester can make sure that the app is working properly regardless of the end user’s mobile device make, model, operating system or browser version.
- UX: Companies often want to fit as much information into an app as possible. This concept can often lead to an app being less user-friendly than intended. Different screens sizes may not be able to display all the data, or the readability may be negatively affected. Determining how well data is showing up on screens and how easy it is to click through to different sections is a necessary part of UX testing.
- Varying mobile app types: Apps can be native, web-based, or a combination of the two; and all of these apps are implemented and function quite differently from each other.
- Lack of resources and tools: Most companies don’t have enough development resources, and this can be doubly true for the testing phase. Developers often save time by only testing certain aspects of an app, which can lead to missed issues and hiccups. Plus, many in-house developers don’t have access to a wide enough spectrum of mobile devices that they would need to in order to provide adequate testing. This fact is upheld in a Cap Gemini Quality Report, which indicated that 18% of surveyed companies don’t have the time to test, and another 65% of surveyed companies admitted to not having the correct test environment available.
Consumers that encounter issues with your app may remove it from their mobile device and never use it again. Don’t wait until the app has launched to find out that it has problem. Get your mobile app testing done before it goes live. Contact iBeta today.