As iPhones and Android smartphones now dominate the market, Microsoft hasn’t given up with Windows 10 Mobile. With smartphones now ubiquitous even in the most remote parts of the world, you no longer need an app that just works. User experience is critical with specialized tools required along with different devices and types to ensure accessibility across a variety of screen sizes and types. Hence, mobile app testing has come to demand highly specialized expertise. XBOSoft has been testing software on mobile devices for over a decade. Ensure your mobile apps work properly through our wide offering of expert XBOSoft mobile app testing types.
The ecosystem of mobile devices and mobile apps is a diverse array of hardware, software, and network configurations. These are complex and in constant flux with new mobile devices, browsers, and operating system versions being released at every turn of the calendar. This presents unique challenges from a mobile application testing strategy perspective. There is no comprehensive mobile test tool or one-stop mobile test that can cover the different devices and mobile apps. Instead, a broad portfolio of mobile app testing services, and test processes with tools, some specific to mobile apps and others generic to QA, must be utilized to effectively address mobile testing.
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Our Mobile Application Testing Services include:
Mobile Test Automation, when applied in the right places to mobile testing can increase your efficiencies enabling you to focus your manual testing on new features and functions. Our specialization in using Appium for automation testing provides you with expert services on an open-source platform that works across multiple operating systems.
Mobile Functional Testing
Test cases strategically designed for mobile applications for reducing risk with the highest coverage. Mobile functional testing goes hand in hand with mobile app automation testing and requires a deep understanding of mobile application architecture to ascertain what can be tested with real devices, simulators, and shared mobile labs while knowing when and where to apply automation.
- Appium: Automation testing is not for all devices nor for all applications,but when you do automation testing for your mobile applications, Appium has become one of the leaders. Appium testing is an open-source test framework that covers automation testing across all three types of mobile applications, native, web, and hybrid. It is also cross-platform and can reuse code between iOS, Android, and Windows test suites with the same API. Additionally, there are many libraries that can be accessed to extend its capabilities into the AI realm for button recognition and self-healing scripts. However, as with many open-source tools, getting started is not that easy. Directions and documentation on the ‘official’ site are not very clear and installing is one thing, but actually using it for real script writing requires a little help. To learn more about how to get started with your automation testing using Appium, check out our Appium tutorial white paper.
QA and software testing services need to be designed specifically for mobile games and mobile devices to identify crashes, performance, hangs and gameplay with screen size issues can assure a positive user experience for your gamers before they let you know on social media.
Test mobile apps via localization testing to ensure that your mobile app is ready to go global. Don’t wait to find out screen size does matter and your app renders off the screen or your buttons and text are misplaced.
It can be a real challenge to kick start a mobile performance testing program, and then maintain it moving forward. Knowing “why you want to do performance testing” is easy, but determining “what user scenarios you’d like to test” or “what your user distribution is” can present real hurdles to overcome. Mobile performance testing must be done in a process-oriented way within a solid testing environment and structured testing process to effectively achieve your objectives. Mobile performance testing done right will help to identify bottlenecks and peak load limits in both the mobile software, architecture, devices, and associated servers.
Platform Compatibility Testing
Supporting multiple devices and platforms can be a headache. Don’t know what to test on what platform? Access our mobile lab with hundreds of mobile devices and emulators. Discover compatibility issues before it’s too late. Take advantage of our expertise in knowing when to use real devices, emulators, and device farms to discover early in the software testing process, compatibility issues before it’s too late.
- Android: With more than 60% market share, Android has many testing challenges due to an exponentially expanding testing matrix of various devices and OS versions. Android developers must not only ensure that each new app and version works on multiple device models from Samsung and LG to HTC and others, but they also have to worry about device fragmentation, frequent releases, multiple OS versions, varying network performance, and screen resolutions.
- iOS App Testing: It’s tempting to see iPhone application testing as simpler than the same process for Android — after all, you’re dealing with only one device manufacturer, right? While it’s true that only Apple devices run iOS, the expanding ecosystem for iOS devices and continual evolution of this operating system conspire to quickly complicate your testing environment.
- Windows 10 Mobile: Customer Relationship Management (CRM), fleet management, inventory, retail, and restaurant industries all have applications that run on Windows Phone devices. Windows Phone connects and synchronizes with the Windows desktop, is based on Windows Embedded CE, and supports the .NET Compact Framework. This is much different than iOS and Android that have enjoyed significant growth and dominance in smartphone market share but mostly with personal-based applications.
Our security experts penetrate and identify your mobile app’s vulnerabilities before someone else does. One popular (and false) myth about security testing is that there is no return on investment (ROI) in security testing, which is why not every company is prepared to do it. However, security testing can point out where your applications can be improved in order to improve efficiency, reduce downtime and enable maximum throughput. A good start is the OWASP Top 10 for mobile security, a standard awareness document for developers, and mobile application security. It represents a broad consensus about the most critical security risks to mobile applications. Why wait to be in the news?
Users have little patience for poorly designed mobile apps: Recent data shows that 80 percent of customers delete apps that don’t meet expectations. UX forms the core of these expectations and their outcome. Simply put, it’s everything that happens when users interact with your applications. This includes how apps look, how they perform if features and services work like they’re supposed to, and how long the app takes to load content. Application User Experience UX testing is designed to measure both specific outcomes and user impressions to deliver valuable feedback about your application’s user experience before it goes live. When done properly, it should be a core element of the design process and also the development process.
Mobile Application Testing Strategy
A general framework for mobile application QA should be considered when developing an overall mobile application testing strategy and approach to meet immediate and future needs in this dynamic environment. Critical dimensions in a mobile QA strategy include functional testing, testing tools, platform compatibility (OS/mobile devices), Network, Mobile App Performance testing, test automation, security, and Usability, and User Experience testing.
Mobile Test Automation – Getting Started
The diversity of mobile applications across various types of mobile devices and operating systems continue to grow unabated. To ensure that these mobile applications work as expected, some elements of mobile automation testing should be incorporated into the overall QA process. When embarking on a mobile application project careful consideration should be given to addressing the when, where, and how aspects of the task. An important first step is the development of an automation strategy to address what should and what should not be automated, or can and cannot be automated, how to implement targeted regression testing, what tools to consider to do the best job, and then how to design the architecture for the test scripting that bet ensures their utilization over time as the application grows and evolves. To learn more about our mobile testing services, download our “Mobile Test Automation – Getting Started” white paper.
Next Steps: For more information about our mobile application testing services, mobile app automated testing, and mobile application performance testing services, contact us. Avoid releasing an app or game that could put you in the news and ruin your reputation. Take advantage of XBOSoft’s mobile application testing services today. There is no comprehensive mobile test tool or one-stop mobile test. Instead, a broad portfolio of testing services, and test processes with tools, some specific to mobile and others generic to QA, must be utilized to effectively address mobile testing.
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