5 Major Mobile App Testing Challenges & Solutions to Check Out

As compared to traditional desktop and web application testing, mobile app testing is more complex; thus, it is important for mobile app developers and testers to go through different challenges during the app testing process.

In the recent times, mobile apps have made a huge space in the lives of humans and have grown much faster than we expected. However, an increase in the app usage has been followed by rapid mobile app development that gave birth to a need for proper testing. One of the main reasons behind this is to provide better user experience and app performance.

But there are some of the challenges that a mobile app tester will face while testing an application, so he/she needs to overcome the challenges and develop a competing mobile application. Before we jump into the different challenges of it, we should understand the exact need of it.

Importance of Mobile App Testing

As per the latest report, 39% of mobile users are not happy with the online experience that they get on a daily basis. One another report suggests that 46% of these unsatisfied users will never come back after experiencing a poor experience.

According to these two reports, there is a huge need of improvement. Once you act on right time, you will have approximately 3 to 5 people worldwide, who prefer to purchase smartphone so that they can make them your application user by 2020. These numbers have formed a need to learn why you should enhance the mobile app experience.

Let’s Give an Instant Look at the Major Challenges of Mobile App Testing 

Alertness

It is important that a mobile app tester stays updated with the latest and current innovative testing approaches. However, it can begin the process of mobile app and comprise everything till the data functionalities with the environment.

You should comprehend that the mobile functionalities can modify as per the contexts with different data that ultimately invite a completely new scenario for the testing process. Apart from this, the changing field of smartphones complexes the situation. Therefore, the app tester also needs to stay updated with the same. 

Device Differences

Because of the compatibility issues, mobile app testing is quite difficult as the mobile app can be deployed across different devices, which have varied operating systems like iOS, Android, etc., manufactures (Samsung, Apple, etc.) and more. Moreover, the team can’t be 100% sure about the tested application that if the app works well with a given device, it will run efficiently on other devices. 

Creating User Experience

In the success of the mobile application, user experience plays a very important role. However, the process of developing an app needs different experts and professionals, including designers, developers, and analysts that are on the top on the list.

Though every single of them does their work efficiently, it lands on the tester to appraise the mobile application. However, he needs to go carefully through each aspect. One of the major challenges here is to comprehend the target users, market, and the competitors.

Therefore, you should keep these all together with the brand’s value and app tester needs to conduct important tests. Even the smallest mistake can result in poor user experience, but it can be solved with the right communication between the team and by some research. 

Usability

As we all know that mobile device screens are quite small, and there is always a huge data that we want to present than possible to fit the screen. It is challenging for you to keep the interaction clean and easy for the user, and showing all the important information.

However, readability and font size are also considered as the complex factors of usability. While testing mobile apps, it is essential to give attention on the size of click areas and ensure that all texts are readable without lenses. 

Compatibility With the Network

The connectivity of the network can’t be defined based on beliefs. A user with 4G/3G connectivity doesn’t necessarily have sound connectivity. However, there are some good chances that your application users might be dependent on a 2G network.

Thus, it is important for a mobile app tester to cross check that the app works smoothly and wonderfully on different networks. In order to do this, the tester needs to ensure he executes the tests on all different network types.

So, these are the five major challenges of mobile app testing that every mobile app tester face while testing an app, but it is must they overcome these challenges and make the app more efficient. However, it would be better to hire a professional mobile app tester company that has a qualified team of quality assurance.

 

Author: Sohel Ather

 

 

Open Source Mobile Test Automation Tools

Mobile applications have become increasingly important for businesses in today’s world.

Appium:

Appium is an open-source tool for automating native, mobile web, and hybrid applications on iOS and Android platforms. Native apps are those written using the iOS or Android SDKs.

Download Appium Here.

Calabash:

Calabash is an automated acceptance testing framework for mobile apps. Calabash could be compared to Selenium WebDriver. However, it is important to realize that interacting with a web app from a desktop computer is vastly different than interacting with a native app using a touch screen.

Calabash provides APIs that are specialized to native apps running on touch screen devices.

Download Calabash Here.

Frank:

Frank allows you to write structured text test/acceptance tests/requirements (using Cucumber) and have them execute against your iOS application. Frank also includes a powerful “app inspector” (called Symbiote) that you can use to get detailed information on your running app.

Download Frank Here.

iOS UI Automation (iOS):

By using the Automation instrument to automate your UI tests for an iOS app through test scripts that you write to simulate user actions by calling a Javascript programming, UI Automation interface states actions to be performed in your apps as it runs. Throughout the tests, the system returns log information to the tester.

As soon as you start automating the tests of UI interactions, you welcome the resources and critical staff to carry out other work. In this way, testers can minimize procedural errors and also shorten the time needed to develop product updates.

Robotium:

Robotium is an Android test automation framework that has full support for native and hybrid applications. Robotium makes it easy to write powerful and robust automatic black-box UI tests for Android applications. With the support of Robotium, test case developers can write function, system and user acceptance test scenarios, spanning multiple Android activities.

Download Robotium Here.

Selendroid:

Selendroid is a test automation framework which drives off the UI of Android native and hybrid applications (apps) and the mobile web. Tests are written using the Selenium 2 client API.

Download Selendroid Here.

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.

Appium 1.5.3 released!

Appium was developed by Dan Cueller, who had previously worked at Zoosk and Microsoft. It is an open source mobile functional testing framework that allows coding in the language of the coder’s choice. It was recently included in this piece by Forbes.

Sauce Labs announced the release of Appium 1.5.3 through npm and the Sauce Lab on June 8.

Appium 1.5.3 is primarily a bug-fix release. However, it also adds functionality to support for iOS WKWebViews and for automating the iOS Calendar app, as well as adding a capability to use abd for screenshots in Android web/hybrid sessions, and providing a list of Android activities to wait for on session startup.

General
  • Allow --default-capabilities server argument to specify a file containing the default capabilities.
  • Fix handling of statuses from proxied drivers (Chrome, Selendroid, etc.).
  • Fix handling of browserName capability for Selenium Grid usage.
  • Fix intermittent bug where creating a directory might crash the server.
  • Fix handling of --session-override server argument.
iOS
  • Add support for WKWebView-based webviews.
  • Add support for automating the built-in Calandar app.
  • Fix ios-debug-proxy-launcher.
  • Fix bug where scrolling in Safari would crash.
  • Fix handling of Safari in “new window” state.
  • Fix handling of arguments for keys method so that clients that send an array do not fail.
  • Clean up handling of ipa files for real device tests.
  • Make sure processArguments parsing works.
  • Fix iwd script to allow re-running.
Android
  • Add nativeWebScreenshot capability, to use adb screenshots instead of ChromeDriver if necessary.
  • Add support to auto-select device based on platformVersion rather than using first available device.
  • Allow appWaitActivity to be a list of activities
  • Fix setting wifi and data state
  • Implement initAutoWebView capability.
  • Report appPackage, appActivity, and deviceUDID when requesting session details.
  • Make sure unlock app is closed at the end of a session so that the device works again.
  • Fix handling of unlock to make less flakey.
  • Make sure unicode encoding works correctly when strings are long.
  • Fix handling of disableAndroidWatchers capability.
  • Fix killing ChromeDriver on Ubuntu 16.04.
  • Fix bug where early ChromeDriver failure crashed Appium.

Perfecto cited as a Leader for Mobile Front-End Test Automation

LONDON – May 11, 2016Perfecto Mobile, the market leader in empowering enterprises to deliver high-quality digital experiences, today announced it has been cited as a Leader in “The Forrester Wave™: Mobile Front-End Test Automation Tools, Q2 2016.” In its 40-criteria evaluation of mobile front-end test automation tools, Forrester Research, Inc. identified the 10 most significant providers and individually analysed their ability to help application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals select the best solution to maintain an organisation’s unique mobile properties.

According to Forrester Research, “The only bulletproof way to deliver faster is to introduce automation in the software development life cycle, which includes testing. In today’s world of Agile sprints and continuous delivery, practices such as testing mobile apps on the devices that happen to be lying around, with a tester’s fingers tapping away at screens, are gone. Testers can only keep up the pace using automated testing of an app’s user interface (UI) and associated functionality.”

Perfecto’s current offerings rank highest among the assessed vendors based on key evaluation areas such as operating environments, test targets, test creation and management, automation creation and integration. In particular, Perfecto is cited among vendors that “shine by providing on-premises, cloud and hybrid test labs, with rich functional mobile-device-specific testing capabilities.”

Forrester also noted in the report that, “Perfecto pioneered mobile device testing in the cloud [and] it is now expanding to include support for desktop browser and enterprise testing capabilities, giving it more ammunition for multichannel apps testing.”

“We are honoured to be named a Leader in the Forrester Wave: Mobile Front-End Test Automation Tools report. In our opinion, this recognition marks Perfecto as a trailblazer in the industry, with the strongest product offering in the space. We believe this validates our approach to digital quality and our ability to empower companies to deliver high-quality mobile and web apps and websites faster with our Continuous Quality Lab,” said Roi Carmel, Senior Vice President of Product and Strategy, Perfecto. “With our unique cloud-based offering, including our Wind Tunnel™ capabilities, we are enabling dev and test teams to test end-user experiences earlier and enhance test coverage to ensure high-quality digital experiences are part of their delivery pipeline.”

Perfecto recently launched the next version of its cloud-based Continuous Quality Lab™ (CQL) that expands test coverage from mobile web and apps to include web browsers on desktops. To learn more about Perfecto’s Continuous Quality Lab for omni-channel and responsive web testing and monitoring, visit the Continuous Quality Blog.

To download a copy of “The Forrester Wave™: Mobile Front-End Test Automation Tools, Q2 2016” visit here:http://info.perfectomobile.com/forrester-wave-mobile-test-automation.html

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About Perfecto
Perfecto enables exceptional digital experiences. We help you transform your business and strengthen every digital interaction with a quality-first approach to creating web and native apps, through a cloud-based test environment called theContinuous Quality Lab™. The CQL Lab is comprised of real devices and real end-user conditions, giving you the truest test environment available.

More than 1,500 customers, including 50% of the Fortune 500 across the banking, insurance, retail, telecommunications and media industries rely on Perfecto to deliver optimal mobile app functionality and end user experiences, ensuring their brand’s reputation, establishing loyal customers and continually attracting new users. For more information about Perfecto, visit www.perfectomobile.com, join our community or follow us on Twitter at @PerfectoMobile.

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SOASTA Mobile Testing Tools Now Available on IBM MobileFirst Platform

SOASTA has announced that developers building mobile apps on the IBM MobileFirst Platform can now use mobile testing offerings from SOASTA.
 
SOASTA’s Mobile Test Cloud and TouchTest solution’s can record and analyze the quality and performance of mobile applications against the latest mobile device and O/S combinations. Specific details of user interactions on the mobile device can be tested and optimized in real time for performance and quality.
 
Developers building apps with the MobileFirst Platform can deploy SOASTA TouchTest and Mobile Device Cloud with the MobileFirst development frameworks and continuous integration and deployment automation tools including native, Cordova, Dojo, JQuery Mobile, Jenkins and IBM Urbancode. 
 
For more details, visit http://www.soasta.com/
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