There are quite a number of challenges you will encounter when testing mobile devices. You need to keep up with several things: new features, OS updates, new devices, the app framework for native, web and hybrid apps, and the latest technologies of DevOps tools, to ensure that the mobile apps being developed are safe and reliable.
When you look at these things, you realize that you have tons of decisions on your hands when you plan for a mobile performance testing strategy. At the same time, there is still a lot that can go wrong. But if you apply the right approach, you can benefit from performance testing.
Today, we are going to learn more here on five strategies that every mobile performance testing team should consider to ensure that you have high-quality apps.
Perform mobile testing on actual devices
Most developers like using emulators for early-stage testing. As much as emulators can help to point out a few things, it cannot give you a real-world performance of your app. You have to test your mobile app on real mobile phones to test critical device capabilities like:
- Battery drain
- SMS and call interruption
- Connectivity issues
- The functionality of the camera
- Memory leaks
- And more
Don’t get me wrong, emulators are tools for testing an app, but they cannot consider the unique configuration of each device. For instance, if there is a problem that affects Samsung Note devices, an emulator cannot point that out.
Automate the performance testing
When you perform automated testing, you are going to run parallel tests across several emulators and real mobile devices. This will increase your speed of testing and shorten the time to take your app to market. Additionally, you can save the testing configurations and reuse them when you need them.
It is also vital to keep in mind that not all tests should be automated. Some tests are best done manually, especially if the app setup requires a lot of steps.
Performance and load testing
It is important to perform tests during the early stages of the development cycle to fix bugs. But for the performance and load testing, they have to be done later on in the cycle. You can use specific cloud-based emulators to test traffic spikes on your app. You can also use other tools to load test at the protocol level.
The Monkey tool from Android helps in the generation of random actions like gestures, clicks, stress tests, system-level events applications. You have to use several tactics to cover different performance and load testing scenarios.
Use open-source tools
There are communities for software testers on the internet, and you the tools you can find in these communities can make your life easier. When you are creating automated test, look at open-source resources to ensure that you make the most of your mobile app test automation.
Use tools that are mobile-specific
At times, it can be tempting to get by with manual testing, but mobile performance testing has to be done with testing tools that are mobile specific. Fortunately, several tools can meet the different objectives of your testing requirements.
Mobile performance testing is a task whose landscape is ever-changing, but at the same time, the principles of testing are still the same. Manual testing, the use of emulators and other tools all play different roles in mobile testing.
Always make sure that you do performance and load testing during the production phase and use a combination of tools to comprehensively perform mobile testing.