What is mobile application testing?
Mobile application testing is a process by which application software developed for handheld mobile devices is tested for its functionality, consistency, performance and so on. Mobile application testing includes usability testing, mobile functional testing, mobile performance testing. It can be an automated, performed manually or using a combination of both types.
As you can imagine, mobile application testing is a complex process: dozens of screen resolutions, several versions of operating systems, all kinds of connection types, etc. Mobile application testing guarantees that an application released through a marketplace is of superb quality.
The key differences between mobile and desktop applications explains the differences in testing approaches.
The mobile device is a system, that has not powerful stuffing. So, it can not work as a personal computer.
The mobile application testing in provided on handsets, while the desktop app is tested on a central processor.
Mobile devices screens variety, their extensions, and colours. Mobile phone screen size is smaller than desktop ones.
Making and receiving calls is the main task of the phone, that is why the application should not interfere with this major function.
A wide variety of specific operating systems and component configurations such as Android, iOS, BlackBerry and other make it more complicated to test mobile applications.
Mobile phone OS quickly becomes obsolete. In addition, there is a limit to updating their OS.
Mobile devices use network connections, desktop use broadband connection or Wi-Fi.
Mobile devices constantly search the network. That is why you should test the application at different data rates.
Tools, which are good for the desktop apps testing, are not fully suitable for the mobile application testing.
Mobile applications must support multiple input channels (keyboard, voice, gestures, etc.), multimedia technologies and other features that increase their usability.
Another important thing in mobile application testing process is the type of application.
Three main types of the mobile apps are divided: Mobile Web Apps, Native Apps, and Hybrid Apps.