You know the timeline for app development? It takes approximately 3 to 6 months to get everything in place and work. Won’t it be heartbreaking to know your app is rejected after all these time, effort, and investment just because it has bugs?
Mobile app development is an emerging market and it is here to stay. No wonder, the number of apps in Google play has reached 3.4 million and Apple store has reached 2.2 million. To procure the market, you need to cure: Not yourself, of course, your app deficiencies. No one develops an app for deficiencies: they develop for usability, efficiency, security, and functionality. But, you end up creating blunders unwillingly. The errors in app development are like singing a song, you never get the lyrics right at the first time. So, what you do? You open the lyrics and check where you go wrong. For a mobile app, testing tools are like lyrics.
Get your app running therein and see what and where you did wrong. There will be instances where you are singing a song since like forever and on one fair day, you come to know you sang it all wrong. Same can be the case with your application, you developed it with confidence but it still consists errors.
If you don’t intend to get your app trashed to the app graveyard, make sure it undergoes rigorous testing and come out error free. Let’s scroll different testing type and see which one is best.
1) Functionality testing
There are two ways of getting functionality testing done: Manually and automated. One of the most basic testing types and focus on checking human interaction with the app. Apps that are UI based compulsorily needs to undergo this testing. If done manually this can eat up a lot of time, so most of advanced iPhone and Android app development company have invested in automated functional testing. This testing is undertaken to eliminate the following issues:
- Visuals of the app when the size of the screen is different.
- App loading and speed issues.
- App crashing problems
- Faulty error messages
- Issues with connection speed
- Trouble with knowing which button does what function
2) Usability testing
Usability testing ensures a flawless app from design, layout, and interaction of the app with the users. This testing method actually involves the feedback of actual users. The target audience is to be determined for such testing to getting the actual and relevant feedback. There are three basic elements of usability testing:
- Efficient: This is to test whether the selected audience is able to enjoy the app usage in different environments or not.
- Effective: This is basically about the accuracy. Whether the functions your app has been accurate enough for the users or not.
- Satisfaction: If the users after using the app say that the experience was flawless and they really liked it. Bang on!!! They are satisfied.
3) Load testing
Load testing analyzes whether the app is built strong enough to handle the extreme user traffic on the server side back-end. This testing basically focuses on the response timing, transaction issues, server and network usage and such other things.
4) Security testing
This testing deals with checking whether the data is safe and secure within the app or not. You don’t want your user’s personal information to go out to the public and getting misused. Privacy breach and data loss are some of the app testing blunders as it can ruin the brand entity and reputation, the chances of which gets eliminated with security testing.
5) Operational testing
Mobile OS or desktop OS both have an inbuilt backup system which will save and recover the data or the apps that have been lost or crashed due to any reason. Operational testing ensures that the recovery and backup process works adequately as and when needed.
6) Performance testing
The battery of the device is not fully charged while using the app or it is not having same network access or similar storage space. Performance testing makes sure the app runs well even in the bad network with less storage capacity and with internet connectivity. Even the app works equally and effectively on different devices with different screen size is also checked in performance testing.
Authors Bio: CEO of 360 Degree technosoft, an iPhone and Android app development company. Writes about Leadership, Start-up quests, Social Media, Latest Tech Trends and Mobile apps. Follow him on Facebook.
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