As the mobile revolution gets underway, mobile application testing is emerging as a critical function. Product development cycle time is shrinking, forcing app developers to evolve just as quickly.
With the explosion in mobiles and tablets, testing that was earlier easy and straight forward has undergone a dramatic change. Innovative approaches are being created every day to address cross-platform complexities, and the challenges presented by gesture and motion recognition, touch-sensitive screens, GPS and other advances.
Take for example, the new iPad that has four times more pixels than the iPad 2. The increased screen resolution makes for intensely sharp text and colors. While the iPad automatically renders text in the higher resolution, other parts of the display such as images and backgrounds need to be redone to capitalize on the extra pixels. The impact of such changes in specifications can be immense on user experience. In a scenario where devices, form factors, operating systems, displays, carriers, network speeds, network types and vendor interfaces are proliferating and changing, companies need to focus on the performance, design, usability, stability, consistency and security of applications.
The time when a single testing team was adequate is now history. Today, different teams need to work on different handsets, operating systems, languages, carriers, locations, etc. The challenges these create for application developers are not so much about testing as it is about costs, skill sets, tools and time. Testing costs and timelines have gone up as the number of platforms has increased. Absurdly enough, some test cycles are longer than development cycles! The result can be loss of business opportunity. The number of tools required has gone up several folds, with the usable lifetime of the tools in question. The bottom line: testing in the mobile space calls for a complete reset in approach.
For rapid and accurate mobile testing, it is important for application developers to partner with a turnkey solution provider with a wide span of devices, tools and automation solutions. When selecting a test vendor, look for the indicators that build confidence and comfort: Can the vendor ensure lowered testing costs and faster time to market with infrastructure, resources, tools, ready-to-customize use cases and validation suites? Can the vendor ensure scale by demonstrating a deep understanding of the enterprise app market, a global presence, and expertise across platforms and devices?