Why Mobile App Testing is Important to Your App's Success
The success of your app relies on thorough testing to reveal the friction points in the mobile user experience.
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In this eBook we'll discuss:
- Which testing elements should be included to create a comprehensive mobile strategy
- The challenges with mobile app testing
- Employing an in-app analytics tool for mobile app testing to improve the user experience
As the Mobile App Market continues to break records, thorough testing of your app is paramount to a successful launch.
Mobile App Testing
When planning your mobile strategy, there are a variety of elements that must be included in the course of testing as well as testing the different network infrastructures that are out there. Devices for testing must be narrowed down as well as employing a practical combo of manual and automated testing tools that will cover both functional and non-functional modes of testing.
To ensure that no stone is left unturned in the app testing process, you should include the following key elements:
- Types of Testing (Performance, Security, Functional, Compliance).
- Device Types – Choosing the devices for testing that best reflect those that will be used by your target market. Test on actual devices and conduct testing via simulation where needed to achieve maximum device testing coverage.
- Network Environments – Decide on a group of environments to test that reflect those used by your target market; Wi-Fi networks in addition to cellular.
Mobile App Testing Challenge
Creators of apps face many challenges due to the variety of devices (especially with Android), networks, and protocols as aforementioned.
- Platform Diversity – The most used platforms (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, RIM) each offer their own operating systems and in the case of Android a plethora of different devices. Mobile testers need to be wary of the limitations of each.
- Device Diversity – The mobile market is packed to the gills with different devices from manufacturers such as Samsung and LG, each one having their own methods of input (QWERTY, Swipe, Touch) and their own way of functioning.
- Information Flow – There are over 400 network operators for mobile globally and that number is constantly growing. Most of them use protocols that are commonplace such as GMS and CDMA, but some use protocols that are less common such as FOMA and TD-SCMA
In-App Mobile Analytics
Paired with any comprehensive testing strategy, you should also employ a tool that performs mobile app analytics. Via the use of the right tool, you will be given the opportunity to view user recordings and touch heatmaps that will empower you to see the actions which your users are performing and thoroughly comprehend exactly how they are using your app, what friction points they are encountering as well as gaining knowledge on how to fix them. There is no better way to refine an app than actually seeing what your users are doing. Native or Hybrid Mcommerce apps are ripe for this type of testing.