Mobile Application Testing: Best Practices

28 Oct. 2011 Software Testing & QA

Mobile application testing is a new technique in the field of testing. Mobile application is a software application developed for handheld devices such as mobile phones. Mobile app testing best practices involve testing of mobile applications across various platforms with the intent of delivering quality applications.

Points to remember while performing mobile application testing are:

  • Installation: Verify that the application is installed successfully.
  • Uninstallation: Verify that the application gets uninstalled without any error.
  • Network Test Cases: Verify the behavior of application when there is no network or any network problem and “Network Error” message should be shown to users.
  • Application Logo: Application logo with Application name should be displayed in device and user should be able to select it .
  • Splash Screen: Verify, when user selects application logo, splash screen should be displayed. Flash should not be for more than few seconds.
  • Application Start/ Restart: Verify that the time for the application to start/restart is quick.
  • Application Side Effects: Make sure that installed application does not damage any other application or device.
  • Exit Application: Verify that user should be able to exit from application from all exit modes like End Key or Exit option in application/ device.
  • Incoming Call Handling: Whenever an incoming communication enters the device, proper audible or visible notification should be displayed on the screen. The user should be able to take or cancel that call making sure that the application does not hang or crash.
  • SMS Handling: Check that the user should receive SMS alert when application is running and verify that the application should not hang or crash.
  • Continual Keypad Entry: Make sure that continual key pad entry don’t cause any problem in application.
  • Unmapped keys: Verify that unmapped keys are not working on the required screen.
  • Charger Effect and Low Battery: The application should display proper message when the charger is inserted in the device and also while the charger is removed after charging. If the application is running on low battery, it should display a message on the screen warning the user that the device is running out of battery.
  • Graphical User Interface: Testing for color scheme, themes, menu styles, font color, font style should be done.
  • Functional Testing: Verify functionality test of mobile application as per the specification.
  • Security Testing: It is important to test mobile application security.

The real challenges that Q.A would be facing while testing Mobile Application are as below:

  • Time pressure
  • Inadequate processes
  • Lack of physical devices
  • Lack of test plans, Validation issues
  • Diversity in Platforms and different OS currently present in the market such as Android, I-phone etc.

Get in touch with us to learn more on how mobile application testing best practices can help you launch a bug-free mobile app in the market.

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