Mobile phones have been around since the 80s’ and have evolved into one of the world’s smartest devices. Modern humans spend a large amount of their lives just swiveling through screens of this smart machine. When advent in technology, the hardware shrunk and the software expanded (be it the complexity, applications or user interaction). And with great power came great responsibility. The responsibility to test your creation and test it well.
A pinch of probability is perhaps worth a pound at times. No amount of testing can prove a software right but a single test can prove a software wrong. Pretty good testing is easy to do but excellent testing requires skills; Skills of a Testing Ninja! So how do you do it the right way? Here are some best practices for mobile app testing.
- Lay out a brilliant mission plan: Planning is the first and foremost step in any work that you do. This brings uniformity in testing and ensures adequate coverage of all possible tests.
- Real devices: Emulators and simulators are what you need for testing in the developmental phase. But before deployment what you need is the real deal. Test it on a variety of devices to ensure the compatibility of your app across major devices.
- Cross platform testing: Just like the devices, your apps primarily need to be OS compatible unless they are meant for just one type of OS.
- Setting preferences: It may be virtually impossible to test your mobile devices across all the permutations and combinations of devices X OS X networks. So you need to set your preferences right. Chalk out the combinations across which your app needs to cater to your consumers and test exhaustively on those rather than wasting efforts on others.
- Automation: Automation is that genie that yields you great ROI, and scrapes out repeated manual testing. But what needs to be kept in mind is that a human touch is required to every automated procedure. The maintenance and up-gradation of the processes are required on a regular basis.
- Adequate PSS Testing: Performance, stress, and security are the three key parameters for mobile testing. This helps in making the app robust and lessening your pain post deployment.
- Keep the batteries charged: The apps that are battery hungry have only one fate: They get deleted. You do not want to be one. So it is important to monitor how much battery life is your app sucking on.