KEY CHALLENGES IN MOBILE TESTING

In this era of Software Development, everything is derived by a code. Everything has its cons and pros on humankind and on their mind but we need to realize that now we are living in virtual world created by us-the developers and coders-a world of software.

In the world of software development , mobile has become an integral part of human life. Mobile app market is growing at a phenomenal pace. Touch screen mobiles are everywhere in the market now; right from smartphones to tablet.

In this era of Software Development, everything is derived by a code. Everything has its cons and pros on humankind and on their mind but we need to realize that now we are living in virtual world created by us-the developers and coders-a world of software.

In the world of software development , mobile has become an integral part of human life. Mobile app market is growing at a phenomenal pace. Touch screen mobiles are everywhere in the market now; right from smartphones to tablet.

These smartphones are called smart because they have smart applications which does the work without even explaining them anything and reduces human effort. We just need to feed the necessary data and there your work is done.

1.MULTIPLE SCREEN SIZES: There are so many mobile phones available with multiple screen size. So it is not necessary that if one app is working fine on one screen,will work on other screen as well. As a result it becomes a challenging task for testers to test mobile app on every different device with different screen size.

So developers cannot risk releasing a product which is not tested. Testing those mobile apps to the minutest details is very essential before release.

Test for the mobile market is indeed a challenge due to changing technology every now and then.This bring forth some challenges to the mobile app testers.They are listed below:

2.DIFFERENT PLATFORM & VERSIONS: When we talk about platforms,what comes to our mind is android and ios. As we know both android and ios have various versions. Some people use old versions , some use latest version. So it is necessary for tester to verify that the app works on almost all platforms and versions. This brings the term compatibility which is tough in case of mobile app testing.

3.PERFORMANCE : Many apps consumes large amount of battery which indirectly degrades the performance of app and consumer definitely would not like such app. So it is important when it comes to mobile app testing to test the app in actual user scenarios, so as to make sure that app does not act as a straw that breaks the battery’s back and moreover how does the app react when mobile is running out of battery.

4.USABILITY : There is a huge difference between a web application and mobile application due to various reason major one is screen size. Like web application mobile application can’t be loaded with huge information due to small screen size. So tester should test an app to make sure that app is user friendly , easy to use and last but not the least fulfilling consumers need without compromising with the readability of the content or making screen look complicated. So this is big challenge for testers as they have to test both the ends.

5.DATA NETWORK : A mobile app that requires an internet connection in order to fulfil a task may encounter different data network while consumer is on the move like faster data network LTE,4g,3g to slower network EDGE or GPRS. So that becomes a tough job for tester to make sure that app works with different network speed and can handle network transition.

6.SECURITY: With so much of real data is being stored and processed in mobile app; there comes a security threat.Mobile malware exploits vulnerabilities or bugs in the coding of the mobile apps. Applying security best practices to mobile app development, including the use of source code scanning tools, can help make mobile apps resilient to such an attack.This concern arises out of a growing trend of hackers to create fake app versions. Hackers can obtain a public copy of a mobile app, reverse engineer it, place malicious code into the app, and redeploy it to the market. Unsuspecting victims then download and use the app, leaving their credentials and personal information exposed to the hackers, including sensitive corporate data such as financials, credit card accounts, patient records, intellectual property, and customer information.So testers should test for data that is being sent and received is encrypted or not and also test for unauthorized access and improve authentication system.

7.AUTOMATION TOOLS : There are various tools available for mobile testing , but tester should know how , when and how much it should be used. It is not practical to automate everything because manual testing is necessary no matter what. So tester should be skilled in automation and should be wise enough to decide where and when to use automation tool in project lifecycle

Younus Poonawala

About Younus Poonawala

Using my experience, I teach software testing concepts to students. Enabling them build great careers, internationally.

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