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May 2, 2023

Keeping Up With Mobile Testing Trends for a Winning Test Coverage

Mobile Application Development

The release of iOS 16 and the recent updates to Android 13 has meant a seismic shift in the app development sphere. With new platforms and updates entering the market regularly, new protocols and requirements for teams developing and deploying apps must be adopted. 

From embracing enhanced automation to making sure your team has the correct devices to test against, it is more important than ever for testing and dev teams to ensure sufficient test coverage in all realms of the app development life cycle.

This blog will provide insight into the latest mobile testing trends to adopt to develop a winning mobile testing coverage. 

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Mobile Testing Trend #1: Adopt a Continuous Testing Maturity Model

A continuous testing maturity model is one of the key mobile testing trends to incorporate into your testing pipeline. Many testing teams are now familiar with the emphasis on continuous testing in the app development life cycle. In short, continuous testing is a methodology that allows testing teams to identify risks and bugs at all stages of the development pipeline, which in turn allows them to shift left early on. 

A testing maturity model identifies where in the testing process steps and methods can be improved upon. A maturity model also serves as an indication of how tests are performing, measured, and monitored, allowing testing teams to continuously refine their tests to achieve the best possible results. 

When combined, a continuous testing maturity model allows teams to improve their testing strategy on an ongoing basis to create the best quality applications possible. 

Related Reading: The Pillars of an Effective Continuous Testing Maturity Model >>

As the power of AI and ML continue to grow every day, testing teams must ensure they are staying up to date with how these technologies impact the market, as well as their testing setup as a whole. Watch this webinar on the future of testing as part of your continuous testing strategy: 

Related Webinar: The Future of Testing: A Conversation About the Use of AI and ML >>

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Mobile Testing Trend #2: Embrace Automation

Another mobile testing trend that leads to winning test coverage is embracing automation. Automation refers to how your team utilizes automation frameworks throughout the testing process. When your team implements automation, you can test faster and cover more ground, which saves time and resources and results in better overall application quality. 

Though there can sometimes be startup costs associated with it, when you invest in automation you are investing in your team’s long-term success. 

Related Reading: How to Measure Test Automation ROI >>

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Mobile Testing Trend #3: Utilize a Virtual Device Lab 

Incorporating a virtual device lab into your team’s infrastructure is a mobile testing trend that is recommended for testing teams of all sizes. A virtual device lab provides teams with access to a virtual selection of real devices, browsers, and operating systems, saving them time and resources as well as avoiding any potential lapses in service availability. Virtual device labs, which include emulators and simulators, allow testers to easily simulate real world conditions, and in turn, they can more seamlessly perform automation and continuous testing, two of the previously mentioned mobile testing trends. 

Virtual device labs can vary based on the size and unique needs of your team. The following outlines the virtual device coverage available in different levels of a virtual device lab:

Essential Coverage

  • Essential coverage encompasses the bare minimum of coverage needed to be in a solid state from a risk coverage perspective. 
  • Includes the top ten “must test” devices based on usage.

Enhanced Coverage

  • Includes the top 25 devices, including legacy and trending devices and different screen sizes.

Advanced Coverage

  • Incorporates the top 32 devices, including niche, legacy, and brand-new devices.

Keep in mind that geography plays a role in determining the best types of devices to test on in your lab. Read the Test Coverage Guide for more detailed information on the most popular devices by region, and more. Perfecto’s lab stocks devices based on this test coverage guide to ensure you always have the devices you need, wherever you are in the world. 

Related Reading: The Value of Using Virtual Devices for Testing >>


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Bottom Line

There is a reason why Perfecto is an industry leader in mobile application testing. By embracing mobile testing trends with an eye on the future of testing, Perfecto enables teams to create, test, and release high-quality apps with ease. 

Perfecto’s virtual device lab enables testing teams to test across devices, browsers, and interfaces in the cloud under one user-friendly platform. In addition, Perfecto is a supporter of automation and continuous testing to increase productivity while saving time and resources.

To experience Perfecto’s virtual device lab for yourself and explore how our platform can keep your team up to date on the latest mobile testing trends, try a free 14-day trial today.


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