5 tips to solve mobile app testing problems

Today 99% of the millennials across the world depend on mobile apps for their daily life activities.

The expectations of the users towards mobile app are quite progressive in nature and this has led to competition among mobile app-centric organisations. The slightest of the miss in a mobile app can lead the user to switch to another app. Hence organisations are looking for mobile app testing solutions which are faster, qualitative and convenient for developing high performing mobile apps. 

Developing high performing apps is quite a challenge, especially because of ever-changing versions of mobile devices and their OS, high-speed mobile app development, delivering high quality, 24/7 accessibility of the development environment or labs, a collaboration between development, testing and operations team. These are the hurdles that a mobile app development team constantly face. In this blog, we will discuss the resolutions for challenges in developing apps.

Using Mobile DevOps to resolve Device Fragmentation 

Device fragmentation is the elephant in the room when it comes to mobile app testing. Device fragmentation is caused due to a gamut of variations like Os and Os versions, Os and browser versions. Browser and browser versions, different screen sizes, screen aspect ratio, form factor, etc. So testing an app until it meets all the types and combinations of device variations and ensuring a ready to release app requires great time and effort. To increase the speed of app development we can use continuous integration where testing takes place at a very early stage.

In continuous integration the codes are committed to a centralised server, several times in a day hence the testing takes place at early stages and the developer need not wait for long to rectify the defects and also it is very easy to detect the bugs and is very cost-effective.

Implement Continuous testing 

In continuous testing, testing takes place at every stage of the development lifecycle ie. from planning to deployment, monitoring and further. As the testing takes place from the early stage and frequently, it is very easy to detect and resolve the bugs which reduce a lot of costs, time and effort. To perform continuous testing efficiently we need to incorporate high performing automation testing tools and frameworks, a systematic ci/cd pipeline and a high paced environment like mobile DevOps and continuous integration. Continuous testing increases the speed of app development without compromising the quality hence continuous testing is highly recommended for building high performing apps. 

Parallel testing increases the speed of testing by multiple folds 

To match up the pace of the highly dynamic mobile app industry, all we need is to deliver quick results with high quality. As the mobile device version and OS versions keep on changing, we need to ensure that the app has multi-platform support. So testing an app until it meets all the types and combinations of device variations and ensuring a ready to release app requires great time and effort. This issue can be resolved by constructing a device lab in which the required app can be tested in a wide range of mobile devices. Testing an app on multiple mobile devices simultaneously will boost the speed of testing. 

Incorporating a cloud device lab 

For mobile app testing, cloud device labs can prove beneficial in multiple aspects. As far as parallel testing is concerned a cloud device lab is a boon. It saves great cost, time and effort in setting up a cloud device lab. Owing to the dynamics of the mobile app industry, where a new version of the mobile device keeps on releasing frequently we require a device lab in which the mobile devices can be added easily. Hence a cloud device is a treasure in such conditions which facilitates seamless scaling. A cloud lab is also beneficial in collaborating with teams geographically miles apart. Also, it can be accessed at any point of time very easily.

Collaboration among teams 

Today high-end technologies like mobile DevOps require significant collaboration between not only testing and developing teams but also the operations team. However challenging a task maybe but in the end, a smooth collaboration makes all the difference. Hence collaboration among teams should be given utmost importance. 

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