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6 Guidelines for Testing Mobile Business Apps

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, June 15, 2012
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Bangalore: The rapid growth of mobile devices has led business organizations to adopt them into their day to day activities. Business Applications that are now available in the mobile platform are not only helping the executives to obtain information on their smartphones anytime anywhere but also indirectly helping the business organization to grow. They can be useful on platforms where having a physical computer on site is a difficult task. Mobile apps are expected to be agile apart from being reliable as a desktop app. In order to meet this expectation, testing mobile business apps has evolved as a unique line of testing.   

However, this type of testing is a very challenging due to the diversity of the device environment, hardware specifications apart from the diverse network specifications.

Here are 6 guidelines for testing mobile applications as mentioned in a whitepaper entitled ‘Testing Mobile Business Applications’ by Keane, NTT DATA Company.

1.    Identify the platform that needs to be tested
If the app is compatible with various platforms, and when the time to test the app is less, testing can be diffcult.  Testers can use the “Weighted Device Platform Matrix” to identify the platform where the app needs to be tested.

2.    Real world Testing
For multi tier apps, it is necessary to conduct real world testing under uncontrolled conditions to understand how well the app will perform when it has been deployed.

3.    The Right Testing Tool
Good testing tools not only detect errors but eventually lead to a successful testing program. The selected tool should be able to support all mobile platforms. Smartphones comes in different screen sizes, resolutions and the input method. The tool selected for testing should be able to support the various types of smartphones specifications.

4.    GUI  Testing and Compatibility Testing in actual devices
Even though emulators can be used for testing the app, however it is good to conduct the test in the actual device. This will give an understanding on how the app will behave when it is used in a real device rather than on a device that emulates the functions and capabilities of the actual device.

5.    Realistic Performance Testing
Performance testing in real world conditions will help the tester understand how well the app can perform when there are many people accessing the app at the same time. The main concern for the testers is to find out if the app will crash or will it be able to take the stress and still perform the same way as when there is limited number of users.

6.    Functional Flow Test in all Platforms
Testers would need to test the apps end to end functional flow atleast once in the various possible platforms. This will help the tester detect any functional error in the app.

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