Additional Test Levels for Mobile Application Testing
In addition to the usual levels of software testing from component through to acceptance testing, there is also a need for additional test levels for mobile application testing. Prior to launch, it is crucial for any mobile application testing company to perform the following thorough test levels for their mobile app testing process.
Some mobile apps need field testing to ensure that they function correctly in the expected usage scenario of real users. This could include testing on various networks and different types of communication technologies such as Wi-Fi or cellular data.
Any mobile application testing company should perform extensive field testing to ensure the app’s performance in real-world scenarios. Field testing requires careful planning and identifying all the items needed to perform the tests, such as appropriate device types, Wi-Fi, cellular data plans on various carriers, and access to multiple modes of transport required to give adequate coverage. In addition, the routes and modes of transport and the time of the day when the tests are to be executed need to be scheduled. Tests with varying download speeds and signal strengths should be performed, including handling blind spots.
The usability of an app is another important aspect that needs to be covered while conducting field testing. Tests should incorporate environmental factors such as temperature and similar conditions related to usage scenarios.
Testing for Application Store Approval
Before an app is sent for publishing, some checklist/based tests must be passed to ensure the approval of the application stores. If the release is an upgrade, upgrade-related tests should also be run.
Checklists are typically based on guidelines specific to operating systems, for user interface design, and for using the libraries and APIs provided by application stores.
The approval process may take some time after submission. If any issues are found during the approval process, a new version may need to be submitted, which will require additional time to resolve. This situation requires careful consideration during project planning and testing.
A further level of testing is “post-release” testing. Testing at this level includes downloading and installing the application from application stores. Any mobile application testing company should implement a thorough post-release testing plan to ensure the app’s continued functionality and stability after launch.