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App Testing and the Internet of Things: 4 Tips for Controlling the Chaos


The Internet of Things (IoT) has made device access so ubiquitous that it has expended to completely unexpected areas. Toasters, coffee makers, home security systems—in short, just about anything from large to small can be controlled through the internet. The next step of course, is to be able to have the same control through apps on mobile phones and tablets.

The opportunities for new products and their app capabilities are endless. And so are the challenges.

Consider the number of devices using these apps, each device with its own operating system and app version. It’s easy to see that the task of testing new apps on mobile devices can be tough to stay on top of.

How do you keep the chaos under control? Here are some tips for successful app testing in this new world of IoT.

Consider the end user and test using their equipment. Not everyone will have the latest iPhone and updated OS…and not all Android devices operate identically. Or browsers, for that matter. So, the first thing to consider is whether the app will run on the devices actually being used by the user, be it a smartphone, tablet, or smartwatch – not just the latest and greatest from the popular vendors.

Consider your own backend system. How well does your app perform when your site is under load? Or there is a network outage? Minimizing the impact of limited resources on your end can help fix unnecessary headaches for the user, who will only remember that your app did not work.

With all these scenarios in mind (and there are plenty more), what can testers in today’s world of IoT do? What’s important to keep in mind up front is that, IoT or not, there are things any tester can do to increase efficiency and accuracy. Here are a few tips for keeping testing on track:

  1. Configure a secure, in-house test environment that duplicates the real-world with actual networks and devices, not just software emulators.
  2. Provide an opportunity for remote device access so distributed workforce members can access the test environment and so more devices can be accessed and testing can be conducted more collaboratively efficiently.
  3. Automate the testing process as much as possible.
  4. Provide the capability for continuous app delivery so software updates can automatically be verified against all devices for every version release, eliminating lengthy periods of testing and updates.
  5. When considering technology to aid in testing, look for a tool-agnostic solution so you have the flexibility to use your existing scripts for testing, rather than having to reinvent the wheel.
  6. Make sure your technology and devices perform faster and better by connecting more easily to devices.

Looking to learn more? Check out our thought on DevOps for continuous integration or how Mobile Lab deviceConnect™ enables multiple device testing.

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