The world is mobile-centric. And to produce a successful app, you need to master mobile testing basics.
What are some of the challenges you'll face? Which frameworks should you use? What do you need to consider for mobile test coverage?
Get the answers to everything. Consider this your guide to mobile testing basics.
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Mobile Testing Overview
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- Types of mobile apps.
- Types of mobile testing.
- How mobile testing differs from web testing.
- Types of mobile testing.
- How to create a mobile testing plan.
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Ready to get started testing mobile applications?
Consult this guide on automating mobile app testing in 10 steps, including:
- Determine scope of testing/test coverage.
- Determine the types of devices you want to test on.
- Decide what types of tests to automate.
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Common Mobile Test Frameworks
Many mobile developers and testers debate which framework is the best. While there are certainly reasons one platform may work better than the other, the real truth is that each platform has its merits and benefits. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to which automation framework you should chose.
Some are specifically frameworks for iOS test automation. Others are for Android.
Three of the most popular frameworks are:
Find out which one is right for you. Compare Espresso vs. XCUITest vs. Appium.
Espresso Framework For Android
Espresso is a test automation framework for Android, developed by Google.
Android developers need to validate the Android application (APK) after every code change. But there are challenges that get in the way of Android testing — like dependencies on remote servers and remote workstations. To top it off, new Android devices and OS versions are released constantly.
See how using Espresso solves these Android testing challenges.
XCUITest Framework For iOS
XCUITest is a test automation framework for iOS. It's built on top of XCTest, which is Apple's official framework. Using XCUITest can help you solve challenges in iOS testing.
Here's why XCUITest is critical for iOS app development and testing. It's intuitive, fast, reliable, and mature. Plus it reduces test maintenance.
Learn more about using XCUITest.
3 Key Challenges For Testing Mobile Apps
But there's also intense pressure on mobile app developers and testers to deliver. And there are 3 key challenges they face:
Learn how to solve these mobile testing challenges.
Why Mobile App Ratings Are Important
A 5-star app rating can make your mobile app a success. It elevates the visibility of your app in the app stores. And it influences decision-making when consumers see a 5-star rating.
Here's what testing teams can do to get 5-star app ratings:
- Make sure your app works.
- Go beyond functional tests.
- Leverage test automation.
How Is Mobile Testing Done?
Accessibility testing is important. You need to test that your app will work well for everyone.
Mobile Responsive Design
It's also important to test responsive design between web and mobile apps.
Mobile Screen Size, Resolution, and PPI
You'll need to spend time testing how apps perform under different resolutions, screen sizes, and PPIs. Ensuring thorough test coverage is difficult.
Mobile Application Battery
You'll also need to make sure your mobile app doesn't eat up battery life.
Mobile Testing on Real Devices vs. Emulators
Should you test on a real device? Or an emulator/simulator? Find out.
Mobile Devices Supported
Test on the right mobile devices. Perfecto keeps you up-to-date with a mobile devices list.
Don't miss anything with this helpful checklist for mobile testing. We break it all down for you across different types of testing.
Which Tools Are Used For Mobile Testing?
One of the most important tools to use for mobile testing is Perfecto.
Here's how Perfecto can help your team master mobile testing basics and beyond.
Perfecto works with your frameworks — including Espresso, XCUITest, and Appium.
Using Perfecto testing tools helps you solve challenges around fragmentation, time, and performance. It can even help you build a 5-star app. Plus, you can use Perfecto to maximize testing for screen size, resolution, and PPI.
See for yourself how Perfecto can help your team with mobile testing. Get started with your free trial today.