An organization has to consider several factors to make its mobile app commercially successful. In addition to being compatible with various devices, the modern mobile apps also need to deliver personalized and flawless user experience. So the business has make and implement a formal mobile testing strategy to enhance the test coverage and make the testing efforts uniform. The QA professionals will also follow the guidelines to streamline and speedup the entire testing process. However, mobile application testing will be hugely impacted by the latest versions of mobile operating systems and rapid technological transformations. That is why; you must consider the mobile application testing trends to create a strong strategy.
7 Trends that will Impact Mobile Application Testing in 2017
1) Renewed Focus on Security
Most mobile users store a variety of sensitive and personal information on their mobile devices that can be used for carrying out financial frauds and identity thefts. Likewise, most organizations allow their employees to access sensitive business data on their mobile devices. Some mobile apps even require users to share their sensitive data. But according to Gartner, Inc., “Through 2015, more than 75 percent of mobile applications will fail basic security tests.” The report highlights the growing significance of comprehensive security and penetration testing for modern organizations. The QA professionals have to perform comprehensive security and penetration testing to keep the users’ sensitive data secure and inaccessible.
2) Use of Big Data
Within a short span of time, big data has become an integral part of each industry vertical. Nowadays most modern businesses use big data to gather actionable insights required for taking critical business decision. In addition to collecting a large amount of data, the businesses also analyze the data to find out critical information about business processes, product demands and customer preferences. So the enterprise mobile apps must enable users to access and process higher amount of data. The QA professionals must explore innovative ways to test the big data related mobile applications effectively.
3) Mobile Payment
Like ecommerce, mobile commerce has also become essential for modern businesses. Modern businesses launch customized mobile commerce applications to get more sales and revenue. More customers are also expected to purchase products or services by using Google Wallet and Apple Pay. However, the mobile commerce apps must allow users to make payment through debit card, credit card, Google Wallet or Apple Pay. Also, the app must allow users to carry on the transaction in the most secure way. So the testers have to focus on the performance, security and usability while testing the mobile commerce applications.
4) Voice Commands
The most recent version of iOS and Android come with improved speech recognition feature. So the uses can now operate their devices by giving voice commands instead of opening up the apps manually. The users can simply access Google Now or Siri, and give voice commands in simple English. But the QA professional will find it a daunting challenge to ensure that the app is responding seamlessly to the voice commands. They have to test the application’s performance using all probable voice commands. Also, they need to explore innovative ways to check how the app responds to voice commands.
5) Internet of Things
The number of organizations adopting Internet of Things is increasing consistently. So the Internet of Things will have a huge impact on the development of modern web applications and mobile apps. The businesses have to build mobile apps that can be smoothly integrated with various connected devices. At the same time, the users will expect the apps and technologies to perform flawlessly. Thus, the testers have to assess the performance and functionality of the app, in addition to checking how it works with other connected devices.
6) Use of Mobile Cloud Platforms
The QA professionals need to check the performance of the mobile app across a wide variety of devices. So the organizations have to buy a lot of devices to test the application effectively. But the mobile cloud platforms enable testers to assess the application’s look, feel and performance across multiple devices without buying these devices. They can use the platforms to create a customized testing environment that allow them to work with a lot of real devices connected to the network. Many companies are expected to invest in mobile cloud platforms to reduce both cost and time.
7) Automation Testing
A number of reports have highlighted the benefits of automated testing. An organization can automate its mobile testing efforts to save both time and cost. But the organization has to invest in several mobile testing tools and frameworks. Also, the organization cannot ignore the effectiveness and advantages of manual testing. Many organizations will automate their mobile testing efforts to accomplish both speed and consistency. The testers can further use automated test scripts to accomplish a variety of tasks like app installation and GUI interaction.
Many reports have also highlighted the growing demand for independent mobile app testing services. An organization can outsource the testing efforts to a competent company to save both time and money, while launching a flawless mobile app. However, while choosing the testing partner, you must check if he keeps track of the most recent trends on mobile application testing.