Mobile App Testing

Mobile App Testing

Thousands of mobile applications are getting launched worldwide and consumers demand high degrees of reliability, security, and usability from these apps. Therefore the need for a comprehensive mobile app testing process that certifies not only the mobile app but also the backend systems and interfaces is very clear. We have implemented, tested, and released multiple mobile apps on iOS and Android for our customers with exceptional quality. Our team delivers intuitive user experiences and our test automation framework ensures coverage of a wide range of devices available in today’s market.

  • Device variations – The number of devices available today and huge and testing a mobile app across these devices is a challenge involving huge effort and cost.
  • Tools availability - Mobile app testing tools are limited when compared to traditional app testing. 
  • Network impacts - The Carrier network can have an enormous impact on the user experience with an app. Hence mobile apps are to be tested with the most possible combinations of network conditions
  • Industry standards - Mobile apps are expected to meet industry standards for global acceptance and usage. Testing against these standards is complex both time and effort intensive. 
  • To address these challenges, Gadgeon uses the following categories like Smartphone OS versions, screen resolutions, and Smartphone vendors of Mobile devices to be part of mobile testing and test automation. Emphasis is given for mobile app performance testing with different connectivity modes and conditions. 
     

For mobile app test automation, we leverage tools like Appium and Perfecto. Our test automation orchestration platform – GTF integrates different tools for mobile app test automation (Appium, perfecto), Test management (TestRail, Robot Framework), and continuous build and integration (Jenkins, Git). A typical Test automation architecture is given below:

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Gadgeon understands and recognizes the below-listed factors as critical components of any mobile app development and testing initiative. 

  • Connectivity related testing - Mobile app depends on network connectivity. Mobile app design and testing are to address different conditions of the network such as variable bandwidth, offline, flight mode scenarios, and validate user sessions moving between different network conditions, etc. Automated network simulations and testing in real network conditions will ensure consistent behavior of Mobile apps.
  • Physical characteristics - Mobile app testing needs to consider characteristics such as screen size, touch and gesture capabilities, orientation (vertical or horizontal), movements in three dimensions, camera, GPS, and so on. Many of these testings are automated, while few will be executed manually. 
  • Location Simulations – Number of mobile apps utilizes location and GPS data integration. These mobile apps will have features that depend on location or distance to other locations etc. Mobile app testing to ensure quality across different types of GPS implementations and will utilize efficient location simulation techniques.
  • Test Automation - The ability to automate tests using scripting or recording makes mobile testing significantly more efficient. Smart test automation utilizes parameterized scripts for both device types and user interaction and is enabled to run on devices in-house and in the cloud.
  • Device fragmentation - Most mobile apps, both internal and external need to support hundreds of device types and several versions of operating systems. Hence it is critical to address physical access to combinations of major device types and operating systems. The Ability to run manual and automated tests across both physical devices and emulators and access to cloud-based platforms to maximize the number of devices through simulators are critical.  
  • User Experience – Testing user experience consists of both objective and subjective measurements. Key factors to be considered are adherence to platform rules and guidelines, level of intuitiveness and efficiency, adherence to navigation guidelines, clarity & ease of use, look and feel aesthetics, and precision in layout, and exception handling. 
  • End-to-End Integration Testing - As mobile solutions and apps become increasingly more business relevant, the need for well-designed and validated system integration testing becomes critical.
  • Performance - Mobile apps can overload servers, through the rapid growth in the number of users and increase in transactional volumes. There could also have a performance impact on users due to network latency etc. Mobile testing should focus on network capabilities, system integration and back-end layers in addition to the app itself. 
  • Security - Given the physical nature of mobile devices- as they could easily be forgotten, lost, or stolen. Mobile testing should test features like confidentiality, integrity, authentication, authorization, availability, and non-repudiation in mobile apps.
  • We have consistently delivered cost savings of about 50-60% 
  • Reduction in time-to-productivity by 60-70%
  • Improved Customer satisfaction as you are always ready to hit the market with a set of well tested features
  • Enhanced release velocity and Agile / DevOps adaption with CI and CD
  • State of the art test lab for devices, emulators and simulators.
  • Test architects with mobile app design, development and deployment expertise

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