Comprehending the Significance of Mobile Apps Testing — How Worth is It?
Are you amongst those who have deleted an app minutes after downloading it? If yes…you are probably amongst millions of other users who have been affected by the ever-rising tide of buggy mobile apps? So, what is it that can be done to provide great experience to every mobile app consumer?
Today, with the smart phone application market witnessing explosive growth, major enterprises are rapidly investing in app development for internal use. With more than billion apps in the App and Google Play store vying for users’ attention, raising the quality bar has become essential for the success of an app. As a matter of fact, poor-quality applications with a horrible GUI, confusing UX, or a string of incessantly sluggish API calls can lead to the tragic demise of your app while causing irreparable brand damage leading to revenue loss and decreased productivity.
This is why acquiring the art of ‘mobile testing’ has become significant for businesses that wants to remain competitive. While businesses have recognized the significance of investing in the mobile app development, it only makes sense to extend that investment into testing of mobile apps despite all the additional cost and complexity involved in testing for a wide array of mobile platforms. However, the extra investment and efforts involved in quality assurance will pay off in the long run.
As compared to web and desktop applications, testing mobile applications is anytime more complex and time consuming. While removing coding glitches is just a part of the story, app developers and testers are confronted with several other challenges including multiple operating systems, multiple devices of different makes and models, multiple speeds of data transfer, multiple screen sizes of different resolutions and multiple technologies.
As compared to developers, testers should rather take a more objective approach to ensure the overall quality and worth of an app. Questions like does the app perform as designed to? Is it intuitive and easy to use? And will it be appreciated and shared by end-users with people in their network etc can be responded through the most familiar quality-assurance practice for mobile apps i.e. manual testing.
Quality analysts can perform several tests on apps that are under development, scrutinizing different features such as menus and navigation, sign-up and login fields, touch gestures and scrolling, operating system versions, screen size and GUI appearance, crashes and error messages, etc. How an app performs in real time on actual devices is a testing method which testers should keep trying on as many possible devices as they can.