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As applications grow and mature, teams must rely on consistent, continuous regression testing to ensure that a change in one part of the system does not break existing functionality elsewhere.
Software regression testing is important because while introducing new features or fixes into your application, you could be introducing more issues than you solved.
Mobile regression testing adds a whole new set of tests that are needed when building your regression testing suite. This blog will go into more detail regarding how to help you set up your mobile regression testing for success.
Automated regression testing has extended its scope beyond web regression testing. This is due to the complexity of the digital landscape, mobile devices, and how they are used.
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These additional attributes are not limited to but include:
Testers should think about the combination of devices and operating systems they need to test against to cover their core and then extended user base.
Smartphones and tablets have many different variations, which adds even more complexity to testing. In addition, testers should also plan and take into consideration devices and OSs that will be released within the next quarter or two.
Related Reading: Improve Your Mobile Testing Strategy With Perfecto’s Test Coverage Guide >As a best practice, we recommend starting with your core use base and a small set of important stable tests. Then, you can build your regression suite from there.
Once your tests are stable with the core platforms, you can continue to extend your device coverage based on where your customers are based and your ability to endure risk.
A good user experience doesn’t end with functionality. Rather, it ensures that performance is delightful and seamless as well.
To ensure you can provide the user experience your users expect, you will need to go beyond functionality and test to see how your application works in the wild, i.e. simulating what the user will be really experiencing when using your application.
This has implications for your framework and how you build your tests, so planning and continuing to improve and iterate are a necessary part of the process to ensure continuous improvement.
Use cases like biometric authentication, image and audio injection, two-factor authentication, multi-device authentication, and additional advanced functionalities require specific test cases. Including them assures that users can enjoy all the capabilities delivered bug free and on schedule.
Being able to execute your tests in parallel is important in any type of regression test, and mobile regression testing is no exception.
Parallel testing enables scaling in the cloud to support tens of thousands of transactions per day. Enterprises that do this for their continuous testing, need this capability.
After answering these questions, it will be helpful for you to come up with some metrics to assist you in understanding how you are doing. Such metrics include answers to the following questions:
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Stephen has over 20 years of experience in testing, software development and telecommunications. Stephen has been working in the continuous testing space for five years, sharing his expertise with commercial, global 2000 and Fortune 500 companies. He is passionate about mobile test automation and helping organizations improve and scale their testing efforts.