A Checklist of Testing Tips for Developing a Mobile App

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2015-09-23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    A Checklist of Testing Tips for Developing a Mobile App

    To claim permanent real estate on the home screens of mobile users, apps must meet consumer expectations for speed, ease of use, responsiveness and more.
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    2 - Test Your Target OS Platforms Using Physical Devices
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    Test Your Target OS Platforms Using Physical Devices

    It may be obvious to start your app testing by identifying the major operating system platforms that your app supports, but it is also important to test an app on each platform using physical devices. A rushed testing process could potentially be done with emulators simulating the different operating systems. However, emulators do not always accurately match the features that different devices have, and more times than not, the missing features are where the problems in the app occur.
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    3 - Check the User Interface on All Screen Sizes
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    Check the User Interface on All Screen Sizes

    Designing apps to perform consistently on various screen sizes is a big challenge. To minimize the chances of users deleting your app because of a user interface mistake, developers should map all of the models that the app will support and test the UI in each screen size on each device.
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    4 - Plan for Different Internet Speeds
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    Plan for Different Internet Speeds

    Slow Internet speeds can have a major impact on the user's app experience. It is imperative that your app testing includes slow and fast connections to ensure the experience is acceptable at any speed.
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    5 - See What Happens When an Internet Connection Is Lost
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    See What Happens When an Internet Connection Is Lost

    Sometimes users get disconnected from the Internet, but their app experience should not suffer because of it. Testing should ensure that problems are minimized when this happens, especially when it comes to completing forms or transactions. The app must be robust enough to finish the transaction or inform the user that their transaction could not be completed.
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    6 - Monitor Battery Use
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    Monitor Battery Use

    It is easier than ever for users to see how much battery power each of their apps is using, so it is important your app testing includes a look at battery consumption. The last thing you want is for your app to be the battery hog.
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    7 - Check How Your App Works With Other Phone Features
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    Check How Your App Works With Other Phone Features

    A smartphone is still a phone after all, so it is imperative that when your app is open, any phone that it is being tested on can continue to accept and receive phone calls and other system notifications.
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    8 - Confirm That the App Adheres to All Platform Guidelines
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    Confirm That the App Adheres to All Platform Guidelines

    iOS, Android and Windows each have several platform guidelines that exemplify how to support various features and user experience standards. If an app does not follow these guidelines, there is greater potential for the app to fail.
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    9 - Test App With Full Data Load
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    Test App With Full Data Load

    Often app testing is done in an environment that does not include the full data load they will experience in a production environment. If an app is pulling limited amounts of data during testing, it might miss essential features when more data is needed. Additionally, less data in a test environment might lead you to believe that the performance is better than it would be in an actual production environment.
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    10 - Ensure That Localization Is Correct
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    Ensure That Localization Is Correct

    One of a developer's biggest challenges is localizing an app. From language translation to text directions and dates, it is important to account for any regional differences in your app testing.
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    11 - Make a Good First Impression
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    Make a Good First Impression

    Companies are always excited to get their apps into the hands of their users, but 80 percent of apps are used only once, so it is important that your app makes a great first impression. If your app doesn't function properly, you are likely to get a negative review—after all, 96 percent of users are willing to write a bad review after using a subpar app. Early negative reviews will make it difficult to develop a loyal user base.
 

There's no question that app marketplaces—generalized ones such as the App Store, along with industry and product-specific stores—are providing what mobile device users want more than anything: native apps. These specific-purpose apps are now dominant as the preferred tools of mobile users, who spend more than 85 percent of their time on their smartphones using native apps, compared with a mere 14 percent who spend time on mobile Websites. However, to claim permanent real estate on the home screens of mobile users, apps must meet a long list of consumer expectations. These include speed, ease of use, responsiveness, interactivity and compatibility. Creating effective apps for an increasingly competitive market depends on rigorous testing and quality assurance throughout the app-creation process to minimize errors and failures. This is not simple or routine, and mastering the process can make the difference between someone using your app or deleting it if any issues arise. This slide show, using eWEEK reporting and industry insight from mobile app design and development studio ArcTouch, offers eight fundamental tips for testing mobile apps before they move to prime time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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