According to Statista, the number of mobile phone users in the world is expected to pass the Five billion mark by 2019. Considering the growth of mobile device users, companies are targeting Consumer apps and Enterprise apps to be available in various mobile versions.
Some of the direct benefits of Mobile applications
- Easy and fast user communication
- Builds customer loyalty
- Increase in ROI
- Improved visibility of features
Some of the drawbacks of Mobile applications
- Inadequate data security
- Poor user experience e.g. multi-language support
- Excessive battery drainage
- Substandard performance
Some of the key challenges in Mobile App Testing and it’s solutions
1. User Experience
With the availability of mobile devices on various platforms and screen sizes, usability is of utmost importance. The test cases should be designed from the end-users’ perspective. A different mindset is required to test Mobile Applications than Desktop Applications.
2. Operating systems
With different usage patterns, the expectations from mobile operating systems are also changing. The OS is available in a number of versions and app should support them. Test cases should be designed to support all available versions of OS. In this scenario, test Automation helps to reduce test efforts in terms of time and cost.
3. Screen Sizes
There are many international as well as local players in the market providing mobile phones with different screen sizes. To tackle this challenge, the application has to be tested on various mobile devices. Test lab with various devices should be available for QA teams. There is an option of simulators and emulators or mobile clouds like Browserstack in the market where a variety of devices are available.
4. Network Testing
There are different networks available worldwide like 2G, 3G, 4G, BLE, Wi-Fi, etc. The same set of test cases are to be executed for different networks as per geographical requirements.
5. Different types of Mobile Apps
There are three types of mobile apps available in the market I.e. Native, Hybrid and Web-based apps. As the behavior of each application is different, there has to be a different set of test cases, test efforts for each type.
Author – Snehal Basale
QA Head – Suma Soft