The continuous and highly technical growth in mobile devices and their sophisticated support features have dramatically increased the value of mobile app testing. The biggest challenges while developing an application for a mobile lie in its testing phase.
A small bug or a minor fault in an application is not accepted and is readily rejected with many similar apps running around in the market. Before we try to understand the testing process of mobile apps, it is important that we understand the different types and issues specific to them.
The different types of mobile applications are:
Browser-based applications: These apps are built for mobile browsers and can be accessed by entering the specific URL in the Mobile Browser. They do not require installing, uninstalling, or upgrades. However, they require an uninterrupted high-speed internet connection.
Pre-installed applications: These are built-in apps in Mobile application testing. They do not require to be downloaded, installed, or uninstalled. However, they can be upgraded automatically. Testing of such applications is very important as they deal with the core data and functions of the device.
Mobile Application Testing is not about choosing one tool or a technique. There are too many considerations and too many compromises to be made. Hence, depending upon the type of app, its functions and target audience, a combination of testing tools need to be formed.
The scope of testing a mobile application depends on the requirements to be checked. For simple requirements, basic testing will suffice, but for complex applications, full regression testing needs to be performed.