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Testing the Mobile App is of prime importance. You need to be sure that the app will deliver when you put it out in the field. So, it needs to be functional. What else do you need in a mobile app Development?
You do not want to be intelligent to operate the app…even a child can operate it. That summarises the basic approach to the design and functionality far as the user is concerned. He does not want to keep punching buttons and get lost in a maze that no one understands.
Each user has a specific concern and the app must be amendable for him or her. So, we incorporate smart working capabilities that checks the functions the user most often uses and provides shortcuts for them. Great!
Loading time of less than 3 seconds is the preferred value for an average mobile phone user. We have apps that have a standard page opening time of 1 second but the point is whether this is maintained throughout.
That covers the preferred features in the app. Now, we see what the important tests are. These include the tests that check the way the user finds the app easy or difficult to handle, the way it responds to commands, and the way it remains free of bugs. Here are the tests:
Load testing: This is done to check whether the app can handle all that you throw at it. Whether you keep increasing the number of users or adding more features the app must be able to keep functioning.
Visual tests: These tests will help detect bugs when the UI components are updated. If you do not do these tests, you will not know when the UI components break down.
Unit tests: This is the basic tests and on this rests the entire strategy of testing the app. You should initiate this process as soon as you begin to write the code. This will help you write a better code. This test helps you understand how the code works under different situations.
One of the tools for functional testing is the open source tool Appium Studio. This helps you to check without putting you out of pocket. You can establish it within a few minutes and then you can also enable remote testing of the mobile application. It allows you to run iOS applications with Windows machines which is useful. You get beta support for the tests you do. In addition, you need to do the performance testing to know how much of the device resource such as the CPU memory or battery power your mobile app needs. This will make sure that the app does not crash by setting different operating conditions and checking the performance. You can use device monitoring while running the mobile tests. Else, you can do them while manually testing the app.
One can appreciate the need for testing. Though we have hundreds of apps for almost everything, the ones that are in use and not chucked out of the door are the ones that do not crash, have a simple interface, and do not drain the battery. By testing the app, we make sure that we do not have to keep on swiping on the mobile phone screen to get to the next page on the app.
So, app testing is as important as the sunshine and app testers are the apple trees from which one gets these apps. No, seriously, we need them and unless we are prepared to go through the motions, we might not have a Pokemon Go to play within our spare time.
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