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Android Mobile App Testing: Future Belongs to Automation

18/04/2016
Android Mobile App Testing: Future Belongs to Automation

How to create the high-quality, stable and trouble-proof software from the very beginning of a developing process to the end? The optimum solution is to rely on mobile app testing provided by highly skilled and experienced quality assurance team.

In this article, the most interesting aspects of QA testing of Android mobile apps will be observed. Yana Gusti, the team leader of the quality assurance department at ThinkMobiles, gives few valuable and interesting aspects on automation testing of Android mobile apps.

Android mobile app testing should be more complex than iOS app testing because of the huge number of devices. Instead of testing on several devices, you should repeat the test cases throughout all the range of Android versions and gadgets’ screen sizes.

Test if the oldest Android version is supported by the app. Provide the test coverage on as many different screens as you can and check the correct work of an app on at least the one tablet. Test the search and navigation on every device if they work properly.

Focus on these aspects in the quality assurance strategy in order to reach high results:

  • refocus quality assurance on customer experience;
  • security automated testing should be in a top priority;
  • move to the continuous mobile app testing to meet shorter deadlines;
  • permanently improve your qualification by the test automation practices.

The main purpose of the quality assurance team leader should be the workflow optimization. Make sure, that you provide the most effective test coverage and take into consideration the whole spectrum of possible bugs and vulnerabilities in a mobile application. Be ready to extend and revise your quality assurance strategy in order to reach the best results.

mobile app testing
source: alliancetek

The “Must Know” Mobile App Testing Fundamentals

Integrated testing
Integrated mobile app testing starts from the beginning of development and comes throughout all the lifecycles of mobile app development. The integration testing is aimed at fixing bugs not only in a completed application but also at every step of its realization. The bug fixing that is made in documentation will save the project budget to a wide extent. There are two major methods of executing the integration test: the bottom-up and top-down concepts.

The bottom-up testing means unit testing in the first instance of a process. The next step is to execute the modules or builds testing. The top-down testing is exactly inverted to the bottom-up method, so the highest-level modules are tested primarily and moving down with tests to the lover-level units. Generally, in a comprehensive software development environment, the bottom-up testing comes first followed by top-down method. So, it’s better to use the complex approach in the integrated testing.

automation in mobile app testing
source: testingmobileapps

Automated testing
The automated testing substitutes the regression test method. Performing mobile automation testing requires a proper planning. Automated mobile app testing makes the bugs finding and fixing process more efficient. There is a variety of different open source automation tools delivering free software for testing, but more advanced test features are provided by commercial resources for the quality assurance specialists.

Test automation is an integral part of testing lifecycle despite many challenges: lack of professional automated tools for developers, not enough qualified automation testing engineers, etc. Sooner or later, automation testing will not be anymore considered as a second activity after manual mobile app testing, but an effective solution helping to avoid routine testing and focus on more complex test scenarios.

The professional approach to the mobile app quality assurance using the automated testing may provide the advantageous benefits to entrepreneurs and their businesses. The first and the most important is that the automated testing reduces the testing time. Manual testing takes much more time for executing the tests, so the automatization of this process will be made much faster and the testing quality won’t be different.

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The next benefit is closely related to the first one. It’s natural that the reducing of time resources accordingly draw in the efforts spent for the testing process. The quality assurance team will be able to reach a high productivity by the automated testing usage.

Test automation increases a reliability and predictability because the test cases are being executed in a strict adherence to the testing scenarios, the exceptions are impossible.

Automation tools give an advanced possibility to compare expected and actual results of testing and generate detailed test reports in rapid fire pace. The optimal set of tools will bring the full test coverage and make the testing process fast and reliable.

by Thinkmobiles
by Thinkmobiles

Usage of Cloud Services in Quality Assurance
The mobile app testing team may be more productive and efficient using the mobile cloud testing tools and services. Many benefits come from this solution. Instead of buying the same devices for each office or tester, the entrepreneur may connect each gadget to the cloud so that they will be accessible for each member of the quality assurance team.

For instance, a mobile testing team could be spread out across many offices, but still connected and having the possibility to test the mobile application with any of the devices from the cloud. The apps could be tested sooner and faster using the cloud services and tools. Equally important is that a greater testing coverage will be provided to the testing process.

mobile app testing, cloud testing
source: 360logica

Crowdtesting
Online crowdtesting platforms give an advanced possibility to test the mobile applications across multiple devices. The crowdtesting is more important than ever for those who would like to avoid the huge spending of resources. Within hours, testers can collect all the necessary information from other QA testers about potential issues and observe the app’s performance on different devices.

Nowadays, the more and more entrepreneurs use the crowdtesting in their QA testing processes. The popularity of testing is growing in leaps and bounds as more companies become aware of the financial and practical benefits of the mobile apps crowdtesting.

Future of mobile app testing belongs to automation

The different test methods, the automation tools, the high qualification and the extensive experience in quality assurance are the powerful instruments in a mobile app development process that allow creating secure and reliable mobile applications.

Nowadays, the automated testing is gaining traction in the quality assurance because it brings essential benefits and provides the optimization of a mobile app testing process and reduces the expenses. But not all the testing processes may be automatized.

The main and the most important things are to make the testing scenario, to analyze all the possible bugs and vulnerabilities, predict the breakdowns and crashes in mobile app code, test if the Android app is compatible with all the OS versions and the app is performed correctly on different screen, and so on and so forth.

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The subtasks may be various in quantity and complexity in each separate case, and only a highly qualified tester will be able to deal with any of them. Automation covers a lot of it, though it still can not fully compete with the core element of quality assurance, namely the experienced testing team. The experienced testers are not going to run out of demand ever.

What’s your view and preference? Would you give away everything to automation or become a quality assurance expert to test properly by yourself? Your choice!

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