With the diverse mobile landscape being what it is, with the ever-increasing number of platforms, testing is not just a nice to have, it is crucial to your apps’ success. Without it, your app might just get kicked off the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Or both. As quickly as it was accepted.
Mobile testing is an entirely different animal. For example, a tester who is used to testing a web application might eventually become a great mobile tester by applying an identical analytical approach that he or she used in web testing. However, their job will still be cut out for them, as it is more than likely to prove more challenging with the testing of mobile applications.
To further drive home the point of how much more challenging app testing is, say you have a team of testers who test web applications, the testers need to test using the various browsers out there. This is no easy feat. A major part of the complexity of testing mobile applications comes from the multitude of platforms, each with their own slew of devices and diversity of OS versions.
This leaves you with having to strategize and test only a few physical devices. It is not feasible to go test your app on every device out there. With that being said, mobile app developers who venture into the beta testing phase need to be aware that successful testing on one device is almost never an assurance that it will work on any other device. This is irrespective of whether it is of the same make, identical OS version or even using the same platform. When you don’t test on a physical device, the risk of potential failure on that device is high, especially when the audience targeted for that app is very widespread, as for a gaming app.
In addition to all the challenges outlined above, there is also a lack of true mobile testing services. Think about all the elements of the testing process. You need to distribute your builds on a massive scale to testers on all the different platforms, devices and operating systems. You require a tool that handles bug submissions in a real-time fashion. You need a way to manage, control and monitor the entire process. There are plenty of “crash reporters” on the market, but this is not enough. Anyone who is in the business of developing mobile apps needs to have a tool which takes into account all the players in the testing process, from the testers and developers, all the way up to the QA project manager. Having a comprehensive tool that takes these QA necessities into account will empower you to reap the rewards of launching the ultimate, bug-free app, one that will never get booted from any app store. Visit us at http://www.ubertesters.com and take control of your testing destiny.
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