In the era of tech-savvy users and advanced technologies, people are unforgiving for bugs and errors that may occur during their mobile experience. Whether it’s a software bug, slow loading speed, unintuitive navigation, freezing, security and privacy issue, users will more likely abandon an application and turn to a competitor. All these problems will lead to losing app’s audience and customer loyalty.
Today’s industry of mobile technologies is competitive as never before. That’s why it’s really crucial to keep standards high. Now a few clicks of user experience is enough for them to form an opinion on the whole application and the company that made it. Only few users will give application a chance for second time and, almost no one for the third.
Obviously, all the bugs have to be fixed as soon as possible. As Gaius Julius Caesar once said: “One defeat depreciate thousand victories”, and it’s really true for bug fixing. So your application must be crystally unbugged before the launch but not after it. Today we are going to speak about how to do QA testing and why it’s so important.
A lot of developers utilize the model of “development - testing - fixing - testing”. But separating testing from development is not always a good idea. In this case you obtain a tennis match between a programmer and tester. The first one develops a feature, gives it to a tester, he fixes bugs and returns it back to the developer. And this circle can last for months. It’s a good idea to utilize a “continuous testing” strategy so test everything fast, more often and implement testing automatization.
So what is QA testing with this approach? This strategy is more budget efficient and time saving. Since testing is executed continuously, application pitfalls are exposed on the early stage of development, so a development team can avoid “the snowball effect”. It reduces the time and efforts needed to find bugs and fix them. As a result, developers have less headache and client doesn’t lose money. Let’s have a quick look at some testing principles.
Software automation testing. It’s a stage of QA when main functions of a software is done automatically by special mobile application testing tools like test scripts, test suits and test runs. It’s a great thing because machine can find something that human tester misses. But this approach is a part of testing but not the whole testing so human QA is necessary too.
Avoid emulators because they don’t represent the whole state of things that take place during the real experience. Using emulators, you are not sure that an application will successfully launch on different devices, screen sizes, OSes. Things may seem difficult testing apps for Android because there are more than 1500 of devices it’s impossible to test ‘em all.
Combine testing strategies. Continuous testing means running a lot of tests. It’s necessary to use different test approaches on different stages. When the design is done, you have to assure that new feature works on all screens so it’s resolution testing. Launch the new feature, testers have to be sure that it fits well and works with old ones - regressing testing. A quick feature check before the more intelligent and overall testing to expose the most evident bugs - smoke testing.
Test security. If you want your application to have in-app purchases, you will need to keep user payment data safe. Security testing is needed to find and fix issues that may expose personal user information.
Penetration testing is made to model different vulnerability plots and then carry out an analysis of how you app will react to this.
Perform usability testing. Despite the small screen size, mobile applications are very easy to use and have intuitive interface. You always have to be sure that your app has a good level of usability. You also have to ensure that all the wireframes look great when they are connected to the backend. The app has to function fast, doesn’t contain image or text issues, has to response on all key and navigation buttons.
It’s always good to start the mobile testing from analyzing of general aspects. There’s an exploration test for these needs. It helps to detect the overall quality of product, determine risky levels and find solution for incomplete requirements.
Another good advice is not to debug other peoples’ code single-handed. Of course, a lot of testers know how to code but it’s not their first task and they could make mistakes. So you priority task is to find issues and report programmers about them. The question “why” is not your competence.
So we’ve decided that good app testing is beneficial for everyone from business owners to users and developers. It helps to keep business reputation high and eliminates negative user feedback. So don’t fall from the start and hire professional QA testers. Here at Thunderrise we will be glad to consult you on all questions so feel free to contact us.