Mobile Application Testing


What is Mobile Application Testing?

Mobile application testing is a process by which a developed application of a mobile device is tested for its functionality, consistency and usability.

A reliable user interface (UI) is essential for an app’s success in today’s competitive market. Therefore, extensive testing of the UI with some special care and attention to functionality and user experience is indispensable. Challenges become even more complex when it comes to the Android platform and the number of unique issues it poses (Android poses significant challenges regarding UI). The keyword “fragmentation” symbolizes the biggest obstacle in the broad testing of mobile applications and refers to the difficulties caused by Android

devices that are being released onto the market in all shapes, sizes, and configuration types. This article will describe how Android emulators can offer a broad testing coverage of a wide range of device types using some tricks and simple practices.

Mobile application testing is a quite different thing which involves so many things like,

  • Wide varieties of mobile devices
  • Different mobile operating system
  • Different mobile network operators
  • Input method
  • Hardware compatibility……. And so on.

Mobile application testing is one of the most important phase of application development. When an iPhone or Android application launched it is very important that it must be tested and verified. Testing involves each and every thing about the app like spellings to its functionality. So testing can be of many types like,

  • Functional Testing
  • Laboratory Testing
  • Performance Testing
  • Security Testing
  • Load & Performance Testing
  • Localization Testing
  • Usability Testing

Security testing is defined as the testing an application to determine that an information system protects is data or not. Some basic concepts in security testing :

  • Confidentiality
  • Authorization
  • Integrity
  • Availability
  • Authentication
  • Non-repudiation

Usability testing is a process in which an application is tested in the users centered environment. Usability testing focuses on measuring a human-made product's capacity to meet its intended purpose.

  • What are we testing – mobile website or mobile application
  • For whom – user profile (geogrphy, technical skills, expectations etc.)
  • Devices – which models and/or emulators will be used for testing
  • How – defining approaches (Friends & Family testing, scenario-based etc.)
  • Select Platforms - (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Bada)
  • Screen Resolutions - supported by the application (for instance, it is critical for Galaxy Tab)
  • Hardware Requirements - (GPS, multitouch etc.)


Used in the right manner, testing can be a powerful tool in the fight against the fragmented Android landscape. The crucial component of an effective testing strategy is to define custom-tailored test cases for the application at hand and define a workflow or process that streamlines testing. Testing a mobile app is a major challenge, but it can be solved efficiently with a structured approach, and the right set of tools and expertise.

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