Key Aspects of Mobile Application Testing

Mobile application testing is one of the most popular types of software testing. Software testing company offers mobile application testing services to simplify the testing needs of application developers and service providers.

There are different kinds of mobile applications (web applications, platform applications, SMS, mobile websites). Web applications are the most acceptable as mobile web browser is an application that sends content to the mobile device. Platform applications development is rather simple but their supporting and testing are very costly. SMS is the most simply type of application, test-based and have limitations of the message content. Mobile websites are considered to be the source of simple and accurate information.

To provide mobile application testing testers use hundreds of mobile devices and providers to significantly increase the quality of software products and services.

Types of Mobile Application Testing:

  • Functional testing;
  • Performance testing;
  • Memory leakage testing;
  •  Interrupt testing;
  • Usability testing;
  •  Installation testing;
  •  Laboratory testing.

Functional testing presupposes checking whether the software meets the stated requirements and specifications and is able to satisfy the user demands and expectations. It holds the key position in the process of developed software products QA.

Performance testing. This testing is undertaken to check the performance and behavior of the application under certain conditions.

Memory leakage testing. Memory leakage happens when the program or application is unable to manage the memory it is allocated resulting in poor performance of the application and the overall slowdown of the system.

Interrupt testing. An application while functioning may face several interruptions like incoming calls or network coverage outage and recovery.

Usability testing that offers the opportunity to receive feedback from the users before it is too late to do anything about it.

Installation testing is important to make sure that user does not face any difficulties while installing the software application. It is aimed at verifying the successful installation.

Laboratory testing is performed to find out bugs when a mobile application uses voice and data connection to make different functions.

During the testing process testers can face some problems:

  • The software product installed on a mobile device depends on its creators and the decisions they take during the process of software development.
  • The obtained data is usually quite conflicting.
  • Some application’s content may prove to be unsuitable for certain mobile devices. For exampleHealth Fitness Articles, it may contain unsuitable format.
  • Problems caused by a certain network operator.
  • Certain models of mobile phones can be very problematic in handling.

This was a guest article from Iryna Chernenko.

QATestLab is independent, offshore software testing company located in Kiev, Ukraine.

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