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Mobile App Testing Evaluation Checklist

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Do You Have a Mobile Testing Checklist? Learn Why A Checklist Can Help.

Mobile Web App Testing Updated January 30, 2017

You’ve realized that automated mobile app testing for Web, native and hybrid apps is a necessity in your development process. But how do you select the right mobile app testing tool? It becomes a lot easier when you have a checklist.

Just like you’d read up on Consumer Reports before you shop for a new car, a mobile web app testing evaluation checklist can help you understand what you’re dealing with and what to focus on. It can streamline your evaluation process so you’re getting an apples-to-apples comparison of your options.

Why a Checklist Can Help

Mobile app testing tools are quickly becoming a necessity as more and more businesses are embracing mobility. Although apps have become the way many people prefer to interact with online information, far too many organizations are releasing apps that are buggy or won’t even open after install.

Conducting automated mobile app testing before they are released can help you avoid the time and costs involved with updating an app after its release and dealing with backlash from your users.

The challenge is that finding a mobile app testing tool that can help you quickly spot problems, make changes and run tests again can be difficult. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, or if there are multiple differences between testing tools, it can be hard to focus on the most important aspects of a testing solution.

This is especially true if you’re new to mobile automation testing. Compared to other mobile application testing techniques, automated testing has a very specific set of methods that you need to be aware of. Without a checklist in hand, you may miss out on finding the best automated testing tool for your company’s needs.

Finding the Right Evaluation Checklist for Mobile App Testing Tools

Relying on a checklist to help make your mobile app testing tool purchasing decision is only as effective as the checklist itself. Be sure to use a checklist that includes the following:

  • Details and clarity about which mobile app testing features are important. A checklist should clearly define the major areas that you need in order for automated testing to be accurate and reliable. An inferior tool will only make your mobile application testing techniques less effective.
  • Supported devices and ability to test on real devices or emulators. If you’re developing mobile apps for multiple platforms your mobile apps testing tool must be capable of identifying problems in each mobile environment. Its also important to know whether the testing tools you’re evaluating supports true on-device testing or relies on emulators/simulators to run tests. Apps behave differently on actual devices, so you want to test with that in mind. Be sure these important features are included in your evaluation checklist.
  • Ability to plug into existing test environments. Using a mobile testing tool that integrates with your current web or desktop testing tools can drastically reduce the learning curve for your testers.
Like any enterprise software purchase, there are a variety of options to consider during your selection process for a mobile app testing solution. A well-compiled list of key attributes will help you determine the best solution for your organization whether you need to test native, hybrid, mobile web, or HTML5 apps.

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Shaunna Morgan

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