Ensuring Quality of Mobile Apps
Creating software for mobile devices has never been simple or easy. In the early days, there were incredible constraints on hardware as well as relatively few APIs and toolkits for expediting development. Over the years, some of these challenges have been overtaken by new ones surrounding sustainable monetization and consistency across a wide range of platforms. Here are a few conditions to keep in mind when testing mobile apps:
- Too much manual testing: Yes, manual testing is necessary is crucial to many QA workflows, but with the fragmented mobile ecosystem, automated processes are going to be needed. Manual testing doesn't scale well, so don't become too reliant on it.
- Insufficient simulation of real-world conditions: Tablets and smartphones are constantly used in areas that have poor to no reception, so make sure your testing accounts for these scenarios and their impacts on the devices' memory, battery life, resolution, etc.
- Low attention to region/language settings: For apps with international audiences, it's important to make sure your platform has the ability to translate and test how performance is affected when making this switch.
With the market moving toward mature software that takes advantage of increasingly powerful endpoints and addresses functionalities once reserved for PCs, test management tools will be instrumental for fostering collaboration and coordinating both manual and automated tests.
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