Last weekend I had a chance to attend a free meet-up dedicated to Mobile Apps Testing for juniors organized by QALight Club and held at the Kyiv National Aviation University. The keynote speaker was Alex Paeta, Senior QA engineer and coach. His comprehensive presentation explained why it is so important to test mobile apps and how to do it step by step.
Alex Paeta, QA coach, Luxoft
The term mobile applications testing refers to test activities that are carried out using test-developed methods and tools to ensure compliance with the stated functions, behavior, performance, and quality of service (QoS) features such as portability, usability, interoperability, connectivity, security and privacy. Read about Chicago mobile app development.
Mobile applications testing is different from the usual software testing because of a very high number of unique requirements. First of all, mobile applications must perform properly at any time and in any place, on different platforms and operating systems, screen sizes, etc. Mobile applications must support multiple channels of input (keyboard, voice, gestures, and etc.), multimedia technologies and have other features that enhance ease of use. Also, given a wide spectrum of wireless networks available today (2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, WiMax), mobile applications need to function properly in a heterogeneous network environment.
In contrast, web applications typically allow access to basic functions of the server through a Mobile Thin Client. Thus, in addition to the analysis of the functionality and behavior, testing web apps allows project teams to better meet the requirements for QoS, ease of use, security and privacy, as well as connectivity and interoperability.
Applications for specific platforms and devices support functions based on the relevant API; for example, credit card transactions or fingerprints. In case of mobile web applications, these functions are not tested. For example, testing a tablet game should include checks of the operations connected with the movement and interaction.
Our innovative educational project that started in mid January, IntersogLABS is currently focused on teaching iOS and Android development. However, we're planing to expand the curricula to include a Mobile Apps QA and Testing course soon. Read more about this project here.