How to Choose the Right Mobile Testing Solution for Your Business

In order to create a successful app that delivers a great customer experience, you will need quality mobile testing software that is 1) fast and reliable, and 2) capable of being integrated seamlessly with your existing CI/CD infrastructure for your software development pipeline.

Depending on your company’s individual requirements, it is critical to choose the right mobile testing solution that best suits your company’s business needs. Below we will go through the pros and cons of mobile testing in the cloud, private cloud solution, in-house on-premise solution, and crowd testing.

Mobile testing in the cloud

Mobile testing in the cloud is an infrastructure which is not hosted on-site, but in the cloud that you and your team can access through your browser. 
Testing in the cloud allows you to test on a wide range of devices without needing to buy devices or having a lot of space to store them. Furthermore, you don’t have to create your own infrastructure or spend time on device maintenance.

This solution will also overcome the challenge of working in different locations since all of the devices and the test results will be available in the cloud. This solution can also be used to test you app in different mobile networks, without having to travel all around the world.

Pros:

  • No costs for device storage and maintenance
  • Access devices and test results from different locations at different times
  • Wide range of testing devices at your disposal
  • Access devices in different mobile networks
  • Infrastructure is already there

Cons:

  • You don’t have the devices on-site, so you can’t physically navigate the app with your thumb
  • Your data needs to leave the company
  • There may not be the mobile device you want to test on or it might not be available at that moment

Which teams/companies will benefit most from this solution?

Apps that have are distributed globally can benefit the most with mobile testing in the cloud, because of the wide range of devices available. Companies who have data security restrictions should not be testing in the cloud but opt for an in-house on-premise solution.

Private cloud solution

To overcome the problem of devices not being available for testing when needed, you can opt for a private cloud solution. This kind of solution will make devices, that are very important for your testing process, available only to you. In this case you don’t have to wait for devices to become available, especially if they are crucial to your app testing.

Pros:

  • Private devices for your use only
  • Available from multiple locations
  • No maintenance costs
  • Infrastructure is already set up

Cons:

  • Data will still leave your company

Which teams/companies will benefit most from this solution?

This solution should be used in combination with a public cloud. Choosing private devices can be useful when you want to have some devices available just for you, round the clock. Any team/company can benefit from this solution.

On-premise in-house solution

If a public and a private cloud are not an option and you have a specific security requirements, you can always opt for an on-premise mobile testing solution. Those solutions are tailored to the client’s needs and hosted on-site. The infrastructure and the hardware is usually provided, as well as the setting up of the solution. The choice of devices on which you’ll be testing on, will be smaller, due mostly to space storage limitation.

Pros:

  • Tailored to your needs and requirements
  • Individual solution
  • No data will leave your company, everything is secured in your local network
  • Infrastructure and hardware will be provided

Cons:

  • Limited choice of devices
  • Maintenance of infrastructure and devices costs
  • More expensive than a cloud solution

Which teams/companies will benefit most from this solution?

This option is ideal for companies that don’t want data leaving the office, because of sensitive information. There are many software and app development companies that use only local networks, and this would be an ideal solution for them.

Mobile crowd testing solution

Crowd testing is a testing solution that lets people from different countries, with different local devices, test your app. You may want to use this solution as the last part of testing just before release, to ensure that real users use your application on a mobile device that was not just meant for testing. This will give you deep insights on how your app is working and what the users think. It is also an easy way to test your app in different mobile networks.

Pros:

  • Test on real devices which are used daily
  • Test your app in different global networks
  • Get insights of users thoughts on looks and feel of the app

Cons:

  • You will give users access to your app before it’s officially released
  • Replicating a bug users find can be more difficult and can take more time — fixing it will also be more complicated

Please note this story is an abridged version. Original article posted on the TestObject Blog here.