Mobile phones, these days, have become more resourceful and smarter than they used to be a decade back. They have now transformed to serve as your assistant so you can perform several activities from the comfort of your office or home. With the increase in the frequency of mobile app launches, things have now evolved to become more comfortable than they were a few years ago.
The smartphone penetration in the market is rising day-by-day. This has led to a profound impact on multiple sectors at once. Under this scenario, companies don’t seem to be wasting time jumping aboard the mobile bandwagon. Research conducted by PEW states that roughly 77% of Americans own a smartphone.
It’s quite evident from the percentage above that the rate of smartphone adoption is growing, hence adding fresh revenue streams for business players globally. However, coming up with bug-free and well-tested mobile apps can be challenging due to the diversity involved in mobile app testing and quality analysis. While companies are outsourcing their specific testing requirements to the ones that specialize in this service, there are some that prefer in-house mobile testing. But in both the cases, mobile app testing challenges play an intricate role.
We have outlined some of the most complex testing challenges below:
Multiple versions, devices, and platforms
The universe of Windows, iOS, and Android is not as simple as it may appear. Various screen size, compatibility issues, and versions are common issues that follow every new launch and upgrade. Developers and testers struggle to keep up with this issue. It is, frequently, noticed that the QA experts aren’t aware of the total number of smart devices an application needs to be tested on before its release in the market.
One size is not a standard size
Choosing the right tool happens to be one of the significant issues in mobile testing. There is an arsenal of third party and open source tools for mobile testing. But they often tend to have certain limitations accompanying them and requirements that need to be customized as per the business demands.
With a massive amount of critical and personal information being shared and stored, securing the data has become a significant part of mobile testing. Generally, apps are prone to malicious activities like security trespasses, etc., and hence need strict security tests and constant monitoring.
Apart from the software and hardware issues, the carrier’s network performance can have a significant impact on the app’s functionality. Be it Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G; users expect mobile apps to work flawlessly. There are a few apps that need to work soundly in no-network condition, as well. After carefully noting these factors, the connection APIs are thus designed. However, the environment of the real world can have its own set of issues.