Pushing Quality UpStream in the World of Mobile Feeds

Mobile Feeds Testing

Ever played a game between which you received a call and were expelled from the game? Or when you’re in the metro and there is a disruption in the network – making an application stop with a pop-up saying “application not responding”? Surely, this would have led to a dismal user-experience – for which this article provides core solutions that you need!

In a world full of mobile applications, we spend most of our time scrolling away. Whilst doing so, what catches our eye immediately are mobile feeds. These feeds, which literally imply giving out (or feeding) information, have been designed through nuanced algorithms catering to users’ selective preferences and choices.

Based on AI and ML, mobile feeds disseminate targeted information which speaks to users immediately, thus boding well with their requirements. Mobile application testing services thus, become imperative to avail for enhancing users’ experience.

Nuances Within Mobile Feeds Which Shape End-users’ Perspective

Hasn’t it happened with all of us- when we browse on a particular subject, we start getting targeted feeds for those? Rather than seeing these as petrifying, these mobile feeds should be seen as simplifying users’ lives in terms of triggering and fulfilling their requirements, during smart solutions. These provide end-users with quick inputs according to their preferences and tastes captured via AI and ML algorithms. 

Given the growing prominence of mobile feeds, let us explore what kinds of testing is important to ensure overall quality in delivery. When it comes to native applications, the general type of UI testing is conducted. For example, with the UI/Application Exerciser, Monkey runs, stress testing of applications can be performed.

As a command-line tool, it helps identify ANRs (Application Not Responding) or any other crashes via running on an emulator or device. The basis of such testing relies on how frequently users respond, what features do they use and which ones are turned a blind eye towards.

When it comes to hybrid applications, PWA (Programming Web Applications) are taken into consideration for performing various types of testing, explained further in the next section.

Types of Testing Required for Mobile Feeds

With such vast amounts of data and varied data sets for millions of users, the types of mobile application testing and performance testing also vary as per the response of users and their preferences. To name a few testing types and scenarios that come into being for end-to-end test coverage:

1. Memory Consumption Testing

This type of testing helps understand the memory used across a variety of devices, different OSs, RAM etc. With different mobile versions, the way memory is consumed based on its platform and device also differs. This becomes an important type to understand the frequency of users’ activity as well, vis-à-vis their battery consumption, etc., using Android Memory Profiler, for instance.

2. Interrupt Testing

It helps analyze and eliminate breaks in using an application. For instance, an application is tested against network disruptions or calls whilst one uses an application. Will the users have to start afresh or will the application’s activity resume from the period of interruption – are questions that are dealt with interrupt tests.

3. Performance Testing

Using the Lighthouse automated tool/plugin, performance testing for PWAs can be conducted for enhancing the robustness of a web application and its quality for better performance. It is a tool which is easily available as a Chrome plugin for performance testing of a webpage.

Since PWAs require a more concentrated effort than traditional types of testing for applications, Lighthouse helps eliminate the performance bottlenecks faced by varied sets of users and can be easily handled even by functional testers who may not be experts in the space of performance. 

4. Network Throttling

This is an extremely important type of testing that is undertaken for mobile feeds. It essentially checks the bandwidth of the network while a user is on an application – or switches in between.

Network throttling helps in identifying network bottlenecks if, say, a device goes offline or its speed dwindles. End-to-end testing, including error messages that pop up during network loss, is conducted within this type.

5. Monitoring User Analytics 

Since mobile feeds target an array of users with humongous data sets, testing is conducted against BLOBs (Binary Large Objects). Herein, user analytics play a key role. With thousands of users, these analytics are consumed by testers and large DBs are queried up for testing whether these user actions reach the servers safely.

6. Proxy Server Testing

A prominent type of testing which is undertaken is on a proxy server. It ensures that the calls made to the main server are first intercepted and redirected to the proxy server. It acts as a mock server to manipulate the data calls which are made by clients to the actual server.

The data is manipulated with different breakpoints to know the bottlenecks that may arise on the main server. This helps save time and efforts needed frequently for playing with the published data from backend or pre-defined configurations.

7. Upgrade Testing

This type of testing is undertaken as a backward compatibility testing effort. It is to ensure that if a new feature comes into play, the old ones shouldn’t become incompatible.

These mobile feeds testing types are surely not an exhaustive list and can vary according to the different scenarios and response from end-users.

Such testing efforts essentially help in comprehensive test coverage which doesn’t just account for mobile app testing but performance testing as well – which can also be conducted in scenarios of adding memory tests, frame rates and jitters during animations or GIFs in lower end devices.

Thus, comprehensive test coverage helps enhance mobile feeds for a seamless user experience. 

Since there are millions of users with such dynamic data, personalization of mobile feeds becomes the key to retain users’ interests and trigger actions from their end.

This would imply that the testing efforts should also be customized time to time, depending on the scenario. Another important aspect considered is the frequency of releases which happen for such mobile feeds.

With multiple users and their preferences, new features get introduced which requires comprehensive planning, development, testing and release efforts within a short span of time. 

In Summary

Thus, staying at par with the competitive market becomes imperative. Testing mobile SDKs, which are designed around users’ preferences and the frequency of intervals at which the users should be notified via feeds, require substantial efforts and customizations – as some in-built app feeds differ in UI with the regular ones.

The way mobile feeds are being perceived by end-users today, requires special attention to details for triggering actions. This would thus ensure competence of the product from the get-go.

QA InfoTech, a Qualitest Company, possesses hands-on experience in such varied types of testing for mobile feeds to deliver a seamless user experience. We provide an edge to our clients in the domain to test and push mobile feeds that speak to its users with a flavour of personalization.

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QA InfoTech

QA InfoTech

Established in 2003, with less than five testing experts, QA InfoTech has grown leaps and bounds with three QA Centers of Excellence globally; two of which are located in the hub of IT activity in India, Noida, and the other, our affiliate QA InfoTech Inc Michigan USA. In 2010 and 2011, QA InfoTech has been ranked in the top 100 places to work for in India.

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