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Mobile Application Testing – Key Issues

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Today, more than half of the phones purchased from Verizon are smartphones. What does this mean? What is means is that mobile computing has come of age. With mobile computing comes mobile software and applications. Devices are morphing into small computers with increased processor power, more memory, and larger and larger screens. Additionally, operating systems continue to add more features and functions that access the raw capabilities of the phone/computer.


Hence, mobile software and applications are also gaining complexity and capabilities. Its no longer acceptable just to have a mobile application or just to have a mobile website. This was a few years back! Now you’re expected to have more than just a mobile website, and more than just a mobile app that provides information. Rather, you need one that engages the end user, builds your brand, and integrates with your main offering whether it is ecommerce or training. End users are always on the go, on the road with no ties to the office, but they expect ‘office’ capabilities through their mobile phone and the software and tools that it has.


This has put new pressures on organizations as they roll out mobile applications. As a mobile application testing services company, XBOSoft has experience in solving these mobile testing issues on the front line:


  • User experience has become equivalent to customer experience, and user experience is heavily tied to response time. An application that doesn’t work fast enough or react quick enough will soon be left for another.

  • Mobile devices can be hacked and hijacked just as easily as desktops but you don’t even know it.

  • Regression testing is a nightmare because development cycles are so short.

  • Mobile device proliferation and OS permutation lead to a test matrix that is out of control. You can’t test everything so what do you test? Do you use emulators or device sharing services like Device Anywhere? Buy them yourself?

  • Different mobile carriers and manufacturers preinstall features and programs which may cause your application to act differently than it should.

  • Various interrupts and different conditions when using a mobile phone such as driving, or taking a call further increase the test matrix. How can you test every possible context and situation?

  • Mobile automation testing tools are immature, and require expertise that you may not have.

  • Mobile application performance is difficult to test, and pinpoint where the problem really is.


Surmounting these issues requires a comprehensive strategy that not only takes into account mobile application testing, but the expertise your organization has and if the mobile development cycle has a quality strategy. This also needs to sync with the organization’s overall development plans with respect to other platforms, i.e. desktop, browser, etc. Assuring the quality of your mobile application and kicking off a mobile application testing project is no simple task.



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