The importance of testing Apps, Games and Mobile Web Sites

The growth in the use of mobile devices is staggering, more and more people taking to use their smartphone or tablet to surf the web and communicate with their friends and business colleagues.

However, the devices used in the mobile world are subject to a far greater rate of change than the conventional laptop or desktop PC. After all, the number of different Windows operating systems is quite limited, even the Mac computers not bringing out vast number of changes. This is not true in the mobile market place there being numerous versions on Mac and Android operating systems in use, all of them possibly needing any App or Game that is supposed to run on them to be tweaked in some way.

Websites are not immune from this problem, but as they are built to known standards having a mobile friendly site is relatively easy, although vital today.

There is hope though for the Web App designer, as now a suite of automatic testing tools are available, this highlighting any issues with compatibility. Please see the article below for more information:-

Mobile application ecosystems — let’s count Android and iOS here — are unbelievably dynamic, but they also suffer from both software and hardware fragmentation. This is especially true for Android, but fragmentation also exists in the iOS ecosystem, as experienced with the rollout of iOS 8. As the latest version of iOS was released, many existing apps were made clumsy on updated devices.

Even the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have had not-so-typical issues for Apple devices. In addition, a significant proportion of users with older devices have very few options: essentially, buy new hardware (i.e. a new device) to get everything working well.

In the Android world, things are different. As OEMs launch new devices, software updates and customizations for their devices, application and game developers get serious headaches trying to keep their latest products up to snuff and fully compatible with all possible device variants. Making a certain app or game work only on high-end devices is out of the question, though. Why would a developer want to miss out on a significant chunk of potential users?

Automation enables simultaneous testing on hundreds of real devices

Automation enables simultaneous testing on hundreds of real devices. (Image credit: Testdroid) (View large version)
Professional automated testing software is a solution to a common problem: how to produce high-quality, robust and reliable software with the ever-growing complexity of technology and under massive competitive pressure. Automated software testing is a cost-effective solution to this problem. Not to mention, it provides three business benefits:

  • increased testing efficiency,
  • increased testing effectiveness,
  • faster time to market.

This article walks through a sample use case for test automation and provides a downloadable example to get you started. Also, we’ll focus on different aspects of mobile test automation and explain how this relatively new yet popular topic can help mobile app and game developers to build better, more robust products for consumers. With the advanced example later in the article, we’ll show how image recognition can be used to test mobile games; specifically, we’ll run Appium’s test automation framework against Supercell’s Clash of Clan game to illustrate how image recognition can be built into the test-automation process.

Please click on the link for the full article on web applications