5 Major Challenges of Mobile App Testing

The increase in mobile phone usage is pretty evident nowadays. The smartphones are quickly becoming the primary tool of communication between consumers and businesses globally, giving birth to thousands of apps every day.

In other words, this phenomenal growth of mobile devices has opened up avenues for organizations to integrate them into the computing environment. Today’s mobile applications deliver complex functionality on platforms that have limited resources for computing. Diversity presents unique challenges that require unique testing strategies.

In comparison with web or desktop applications, mobile app testing is much more ambiguous. During this process, mobile app developers and app testers undergo various challenges.

Mobile apps have evolved at a much quicker rate than expected. They have made an unconquerable place in the lives of people that led to a significant increase in app usage. There is an upsurge in mobile app development services.

According to various statistics:

  • Mobile apps are expected to generate around the US $189 billion, by 2020.
  • The percentage of mobile users that are not happy with online user experience is 39%.
  • The percentage of users who do not return after getting poor experience is 46%.
  • Worldwide mobile app downloads are expected to rise up to 288 billion, by 2020.

The statistics mentioned above, highlight the importance of proper testing. The main motive is to provide better app performance and user experience. Nevertheless, there are a few challenges that an app tester must overcome, so he could develop better apps.

Here is the list of those major challenges.

  1. Creating a Better User Experience

A good user experience is fundamental for mobile apps success. There are various experts required for the mobile app development services. This comprises of developers, analysts, and designers.

After passing through various phases of development, the app lands up in quality assurance department to the tester. He inspects each and every aspect of the app development.

Nonetheless, the main challenge at this point in time is to have a clear understanding of target market, users, and relevant competitors. In order to conduct the test, these all things must be kept under consideration with brands value.

You have to be very careful while testing because the slightest negligence can result in poor UX. This can be overcome with extra research and good communication.

  1. Awareness about the Latest Innovations and Modifications

There is a genuine need for mobile app tester to stay updated with innovative and latest testing approaches. This begins with operations of mobile app and incorporates data testing with the environment.

Let keep this under consideration that mobile app functionalities modify in accordance with various data, sooner or later inviting a wholly new scenario for the testing process.

Apart from this, the evolving pitch of smartphones further makes the situation ambiguous. There is a critical need for a tester to stay updated with same things in accordance to modify the testing methods.

  1. Testing Automation

Testing automation is the most significant part of mobile app testing. There is the variety of tools available in the market to serve this purpose. Now it is the responsibility of the tester to identify and select which tool suits the best in executing the process.

This is determined by the operating system the application belongs to and the fact if it is paid or free. Let’s just think it this way, if you cannot find the best-suited tool to test the app, ask it from your own self; if it is paid or free. These are a few challenges that an app tester encounters while testing the app.

  1. Multi Device Testing

In this situation, you will require a testing laboratory set up accommodated with mobile devices. The tester will then check app performance on various devices.

This mobile app development service process might prove to be pricier in contrast to imitation technique as it confirms device based functions and other significant QoS strictures. On the contrary, fruitful execution will depend on the sudden variations in the platforms and the mobile devices.

In order to manage this again, it is important to stay updated with the latest trends of this industry. The tester is required to amalgamate those trends to conduct tests.

  1. Checking if The Network is Compatible

Network connectivity cannot be defined based on presuppositions. 3G or 4G connectivity does not always ensure a sound connectivity. There is also a probability that app users may be dependent on the 2G network.

Cross checking is required for mobile app tester to make sure that the app is working smoothly. In order to do this, mobile app tester has to make sure that he performs the test on all sorts of networks.

Conclusion

Mobile app testing comprehensively plays an imperative role in success and growth of any app. A little mistake and generate disastrous outcomes for your company. Here come the responsibilities of the client and development team to have a transparent communication. This should be combined with smart and hard work in order to deliver excellent results.

Author Bio:

Ray Parker is an entrepreneur and internet marketer with over 15 years of experience in Search Engine Optimization, Creative Writer and Digital Marketing with IQVIS. He has worked with several clients from all over the globe to offer his services in various domains with a proven track record of success.

The Best Automation Tools for Mobile Testing

There are many many automation tools available for Mobile Testing, that help release versions of mobile applications.

Appium:

Appium is an open source testing tool that automates native, hybrid, and mobile applications on both platforms, i.e. Android and iOS. Mobile or web applications are accessed using different browsers. It is a freely distributed open source mobile application UI testing framework.

Appium offers cross-platform application testing i.e. single API works for both Android and iOS platform test scripts.

Appium supports all languages that have Selenium client libraries like- Java, Objective-C, JavaScript with node.js, PHP, Ruby, Python, C# etc.

Robotium: 

Robotium is an open-source test framework for writing automatic gray-box testing cases for Android applications. It has complete control over hybrid and native applications. This testing tool makes it easier for users to document useful and rigid automatic black-box UI tests for Android mobile applications.

Through Robotium, mobile app developers can write system, function, and user acceptance test scenarios.

MonkeyTalk:

MonkeyTalk is a testing tool has been designed to automate the process of performing real functional interactive tests for Android and iOS mobile applications. The entire process ranges from standard smoke tests to complex data oriented tests.

Smoke testing is conducted to check whether the new framework added by the development team is highly stable or not. However, data-oriented tests involve the process of storing test data in some external space and utilizing the data while performing these tests.

Calabash:

Calabash is an automated acceptance testing tool for Android as well as iOS mobile applications. Calabash provides end-users with APIs that are customized to suit mobile applications. It can also be compared to Selenium WebDriver.

In the Growing Market for Mobile Testing, the User Experience is Key, Claims Assessment Expert

Job seekers increasingly want the convenience of mobile assessment but the tests have to be accurate, fair and compatible with the right devices, says David Barrett, Chief Operating Officer of international assessment specialist cut-e .

Mr Barrett will take part in an interactive panel discussion on the implications and pitfalls of mobile assessment at the 2016 Innovations in Testing Conference(Orlando, 20-23 March 2016), an event organized by the Association of Test Publishers (ATP), the global membership body for assessment professionals.

He said: “With the ubiquity of mobile devices, employers want to put candidates in control and make it easy for them to complete assessments whenever they want. But care is needed here, as the user experience is a deciding factor in whether someone engages with a potential employer. It’s a delicate balance to create an aesthetic user experience that doesn’t compromise basic testing principles. The goal is to gain accurate predictive analytics on a candidate’s behavior or cognitive ability so you can match them to a job objectively. Get it right and mobile assessment can help you engage with wider talent pools and recruit your talent faster.”

For the ATP panel discussion, David Barrett will be joined by Rostislav Benak of Assessment Systems International and Michael Tack from BDO Belgium. Together, they’ll answer questions on the opportunities and challenges of mobile assessment.

“By attending this conference session, you’ll benefit from expert advice and best practice case examples of how mobile devices can and should be used in assessment,” said David Barrett. “The beauty of using a mobile device is that candidates can complete an assessment when and where it is convenient for them. However, employers need to think carefully about what they’re trying to achieve and consider the reality of how people use mobile devices. It’s important to give every candidate the fairest possible chance to succeed, so they should only be allowed to take assessments on devices that will provide comparable results.”

The annual Innovations in Testing Conference is a three-day event which showcases new developments in the assessment industry and provides opportunities for ATP members to network. The 2016 event will be held on 20-23 March at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek hotel in Orlando, Florida.

For more information, please call cut-e on +1-212-935-0370 or visit  http://www.cut-e.com

 

SOURCE cut-e

Google is trying to fix biggest problem with Android

Google is negotiating deals with chipmakers to help solve fragmentation, one of the biggest problems with Android, The Information reports. By working directly with chip partners, Google is looking to create hardware that will work seamlessly with Android, just as Apple products do with iOS.

The fragmentation of Android is a real issue for Google, phone markers, and users, who have to deal with outdated hardware, poor security, and a sub-standard experience. According to one estimate, there are over 18,700 distinct versions of Android compared to Apple’s five or six.

Google is seeking a more Apple-like approach, combining core functionality of the phone onto one chip. In the negotiations, Google asked chipmakers for a more sophisticated camera unit, improved on-board memory, and more power efficiency.

There could be a snag: The profit margins of Android handset makers, from Samsung to HTC, are already tightly squeezed and so the companies are more than willing to go with what works rather than what excels.

If Google manages to solve this conundrum, however, it could lead to an overall better Android experience for users that would place high-end Samsung, HTC, and Huawei devices in line with the iPhone.

Matrix42 survey highlights lack of clarity over enterprise mobility strategy in IT departments

London, England, 3rd November 2015 – Matrix42 (http://www.matrix42.com), a top provider of software for workspace management, today revealed that a survey into enterprise mobility trends and challenges has confirmed there is a lack of clarity when it comes to enterprise mobility strategy in IT departments. Additionally, there is a gap between what companies intend to do and their actions in addressing this important infrastructure issue.

Key findings from the research, which was conducted amongst 198 decision makers at enterprise mobility events in Summer 2015 include:

  • Less than half of organisations surveyed felt they had a clear enterprise mobility strategy in place
  • Almost a third of organisations have no enterprise mobility management solution in place, planned budgets for mobility projects are increasing
  • Mobile IT also has a very high priority in the near future
  • Most respondents believe that increased productivity is a key advantage of increased investment in mobile technology
  • Security was identified by 57% as the leading consideration with for mobility projects alongside BYOD and control over applications

The research highlighted five key challenges that IT departments must tackle effectively:

  1. Enabling simple, secure scalable mobility that maximises employee productivity
  2. Making the corporate IT experience easier and smarter for users to eliminate the need for Shadow IT
  3. Guaranteeing the protection of user privacy on devices that are used privately and at work
  4. Enabling users to work on their preferred devices
  5. Ensuring the security of sensitive corporate data across networks and devices.

James Johnson, UK Country Manager at Matrix42 said “Enabling employees to boost productivity and performance using their preferred technology at a time and place of their choosing is only going to become more important in order for businesses to stay competitive. However, whilst most IT departments recognise this, and are prepared to invest in mobile IT, many are not sure what their strategy should be and which technology management solutions they need. Organisations need to be proactive and take the first steps to addressing this by assessing their current and future needs and investing in a holistic enterprise mobility solution.”

The results from the survey have been summarised into a white paper which is available for download fromhttps://www.matrix42.com/en/white-paper/mobility-survey-2015/

Press contact Matrix42
Harald Knapstein
Vice President Marketing
Tel.: (+49-6102) 268
Mobile: (+49-172) 656-6258
Fax: (+49-6102) 816-100
www.matrix42.com/en

Adam Osman
Public Relations, Matrix42
Tel: 07976 891 335
adam.osman@matrix42.com

About Matrix42
Matrix42 is a top provider of workspace management software. The company offers forward-thinking solutions for modern work environments under its ‘Smarter workspace’ motto. More than 3,000 customers around the world, including BMW, Infineon, and Carl Zeiss, currently manage approximately 3 million workstations using workspace management solutions from Matrix42.

Matrix42 operates successfully in seven countries – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States of America. The company’s headquarters are in Frankfurt am Main in Germany.

Matrix42’s products and solutions are designed to manage modern work environments simply and efficiently – across physical, virtual, and mobile workspaces.

Matrix42 focuses on user orientation, automation, and process optimisation. The company’s solutions meet the requirements of modern employees who want to work from any location using a wide range of devices, while also addressing the needs of IT departments and businesses.

Matrix42 offers its solutions to organisations across different sectors who value forward-looking and efficient workspace management. The company also successfully collaborates with partners who provide on-site consultation to Matrix42 customers. Some of these leading partners include TAP.DE Solutions GmbH, Consulting4IT GmbH, and DSP IT Service GmbH. For further information, visit: www.matrix42.com

 

Original press release @ realwire.com

Perforce Powers Development of Legacy Quest for iOS and Android

Socialspiel Meets Global, Multi-Platform Launch Timeline with the Perforce Helix SCM and Collaboration Platform

WOKINGHAM (UK), October 28, 2015Perforce Software today announced that Legacy Quest, the new free-to-play roguelike action-RPG game developed by Socialspiel Entertainment and published by Nexon, has launched in 14 countries. The game was developed using the Perforce Helix source code management (SCM) and collaboration platform.

Global Cross-Platform Development
The scalability of the Perforce Helix platform was critical to Socialspiel’s development process. The studio initially used Git for version control, but the platform couldn’t meet Socialspiel’s need to store all project assets—including large binary files—in one place. By using Perforce Helix as the “single source of truth” for all Legacy Quest IP, the studio’s art, audio and development teams from Germany and Korea collaborated seamlessly to branch, build and merge new releases across platforms including iOS and Android. Socialspiel estimates that Perforce Helix helped increase release efficiency by as much as 30 percent compared to previous projects.

“We founded Socialspiel as a group of ex-Rockstar Games and Deep Silver developers who were used to using Perforce on some of the largest game franchises in the world,” said Mike Borras, co-founder and CEO of Socialspiel Entertainment. “We thought that Perforce was out of our price range as a startup, but the free-for-20-users program allowed us to switch over from Git and continue working the way we’ve always done. From Legacy Quest’s initial development to its release and ongoing support, Perforce Helix allows us to operate at Triple-A scale, with the speed, flexibility and efficiency of a lean mobile studio.”

Perforce is the games industry’s most popular SCM and collaboration platform due to its speed, ease of use and ability to manage any type of file–including large binaries, such as the artwork and audio files used to make games. By acting as a single repository for all code, IP and other assets, it enables studios to accelerate many of their key development processes and easily plug in automation tools to quickly branch and manage builds.

Scaling Triple-A Development
Socialspiel started using Perforce Helix through the Perforce 20/20 Program, which offers Perforce Helix free of charge for up to 20 users or 20 workspaces; it also includes access to Perforce’s award-winning technical support. As Socialspiel outgrew the program, it migrated to the paid edition without any downtime or issues, allowing the studio to scale its Triple-A development practices throughout the entire development and release process.

“We created the 20/20 Program because we believe that companies shouldn’t have to compromise on the quality of their tools and processes based on their size and budget,” said Christopher Seiwald, founder and CEO of Perforce. “It’s very satisfying to work with young companies like Socialspiel and watch them grow and mature with our technology.”

Legacy Quest is available on iOS and Android. Additional press information on the game is available here:https://app.box.com/s/ztkcsw7s46lwot7r044sxsjflph8f958

About Perforce Software

Perforce Software helps companies build complex products more collaboratively and securely. Its highly scalable source code management (SCM) and collaboration platform, Perforce Helix, enables global teams to collaborate on any type or size of file. It supports both centralised and distributed (DVCS) workflows while safeguarding intellectual property with advanced behavioural analytics. Perforce is trusted by the world’s most innovative brands, including adidas, Samsung, NVIDIA, Intuit, Pixar, Salesforce, EA, Ubisoft and VMware. The company is headquartered in Alameda, California, with offices in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, and sales partners around the globe. For more information, please visit http://www.perforce.com/.

About Socialspiel Entertainment GmbH
Socialspiel Entertainment is a developer of free to play mobile games exclusively published by Nexon. Founded in 2010 in Vienna, Austria by a team of ex-Rockstar Games developers, Socialspiel has created several award winning free to play social games such as “Tight Lines Fishing” and “Asterix & Friends”. Since 2014, Socialspiel has been working together with Nexon to bring high-quality adventures to the hands of mobile gamers around the world. For more information, please visithttp://www.socialspiel.com.

Media Contacts

Global
Ivana Gaspic
Perforce Software
Ph: +1 510-473-3186
Mob: +1 415-955-7483
igaspic@perforce.com

US
Michael Thomas
Edelman
Ph: +1 312-233-1361
Mob: +1 773-822-6182
michael.thomas@edelman.com

UK/EMEA
Maxine Ambrose/Nicola Males
Ambrose Communications
Ph: +44 1491 412944
perforce@ambrosecomms.co.uk

Original Press Release @ realwire.com

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