Mobile phones have come a long way. From being a mere communication device, you can now use your mobile phones for anything that can be done on a personal computer. Smartphones have now become a multipurpose personal gadget with all types of mobile apps. Just in 2018, 365 billion USD of revenue was generated purely from mobile applications and these numbers are expected to grow to 935 billion USD by 2023.
With the growth in mobile users at its peak, the challenges with mobile app testing have also increased exponentially. The need to launch a customer-friendly, secure, and scalable app has become one of the top priorities for businesses. Aspects including cross-platform, multiple operating system versions, data usage, network, and built-in native features need to be tested thoroughly.
With such a massive ecosystem of mobile apps, it makes sense to leverage test automation to achieve increased test effectiveness, efficiency, and shorter time-to-market. But you can’t execute successful test automation with just tools and technology. We need to consider multiple other aspects for a robust mobile automation testing service.
We need to analyze the cost factor carefully that includes available bandwidth of resources with the desired skills, timelines, automation tools, IT infrastructure, and training. A comprehensive analysis of the ROI should be done to ensure the feasibility of mobile application.
Automation testing reduces the efforts and cost as the developed test cases can be reused without any manual efforts. Hence, the time saved here helps in reducing the cost of mobile apps. On top of that, with test automation, you can also execute parallel testing of the apps. It will help to identify and fix the issues at the earlier stage of development.
Scope of Tests
Analyzing the scope or coverage of test automation is another crucial aspect. If we apply the right approach to develop complex automated tests; it can help in enhancing the quality of mobile apps significantly with a shorter time-to-market. Also, you should not restrict the test coverage to just application functionality. You can also cover areas including memory usage, database tables, and more. Test engineers should prioritize developing new automation tests instead of just automating the manual test cases.
There is also no point in having end-to-end automation when you can have better results with a balanced blend of both automation and manual testing.
Proof of Concept
Having a proof of concept (POC) can help in mitigating the risks related to the implementation of an automation testing strategy. It also helps in identifying whether a single tool can meet all the automation requirements or you need to leverage multiple tools to meet multi-device and cross-platform automation goals.
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Selecting the Right Tools and Technologies
The selection of the right set of automation tools plays a crucial role in the successful execution of test automation. Consider features including cross-platform support, multi-device, easier integration with other tools, and efficient implementation. Also make sure that the automation tools are capable of testing battery state change, interruption, and more.
With open-source tools, you can save the upfront license costs, however, to use these tools efficiently you may need resources with specialized expertise incurring higher resource costs. Consider all these factors carefully before finalizing technologies and tools for the project.
Use Cloud-based Automation Tools
You can dramatically reduce the cost of your mobile app by using cloud-based automation tools. Hardware costs, per-user licensing, operating expenditure, and depreciation costs can be controlled significantly. On top of that, cloud-based tools are also scalable and reusable. This also makes them a perfect option for load and performance testing of your application.
Cloud-based tools are also a bane for organizations whose workforce is also working remotely. Test engineers can execute tests from multiple locations while having access to reports and test results from a centralized dashboard.
Test automation can turn out to be highly effective and efficient in mobile app testing however, the implementation of test automation is different from automation applied to a regular web application. Mobile app testing comes with multiple layers of complexities due to toolsets, devices, test coverage, and the environment. Hence, it is crucial to follow best practices with a comprehensive approach, and leverage appropriate tools to yield maximum RoI, shorter time-to-market, and desired quality.