How To Test A Cross-Platform Mobile Application

To identify all the flaws in the cross-platform mobile application, the testing professionals must know what the app has to deliver. A well-defined set of functional requirements will help the business to test the mobile app compatibility across multiple platforms as well as devices.

The business must prepare a list of requirements during the mobile app development and share it with the testing team. This should be done at the beginning of the development as this will make it easier to identify the bugs. Once the expected results of the app are quoted, the errors are easier to get hold of.

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Every app development platform comes with certain guidelines which the developer adheres to. These are the standards set-up by the mobile platforms for content, functionality and user interface. When the app development is followed by these guidelines, the results are seamlessly on the target devices. The app owners need to ensure that the developers and testing personnel are aware of the guidelines set by the mobile platforms. This understanding will help the professionals to test the app on the respective platform as per the standards.

While testing a mobile app, mobile app developers cannot afford to literally buy all the devices on which the app would run. As an alternate, businesses make use of simulators and emulators for testing. But it is important to know that such simulators are not 100% accurate and reliable. Hence, the simulators and emulators must create a test lab which has both real devices and emulators.

It is also important for the developing team to split the testing process across the real devices and emulators. For example, emulators may be used to do unit and integration testing on the app. Later, real devices can be used to measure performance, operating system compatibility and security.

The next important step is to select the right tools for mobile app testing. App development cannot merely rely on the manual testing to check for the app efficiency . It is important for the app development business to set up a lab for testing which has the latest test automation tools. Some of the popular app testing tools are:

  • Appium

  • Calabash

  • MonkeyTalk

  • Squish

  • MobileCloud

To precisely check for the functionality and performance of the mobile app, the application testers must evaluate the app in different conditions. It is also important for the development team to find out ways to test the developed mobile app in real user scenarios. For instance, a business can facilitate field testing for the app. This will make it easier for testers to study the app behavior in different conditions and under various network speeds.

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