Mobile Application Testing Checklist: The Top 5 Test Conditions

July 2, 2015 · by Tom Chavez ·

Every day, new mobile applications are rolled out by an increasing number of businesses and organizations. In order for these apps to be successful in the marketplace, they must be tested to ensure that they offer the best possible experience for end users. Here are some of the top considerations for mobile app testing.

The Rise of Mobile Apps

Mobility is now a higher priority to enterprises than ever before. According to a study from Growth Hacker, enterprise mobility solutions are a top priority for more than 73% of businesses in the USA, Canada, and the APAC region.

Fortune 500 companies pie chart

Challenges for Mobile Applications

Gartner has found that there are several obstacles that businesses face in regards to their mobile apps:

  • Shifting to Modern Practices: Most traditional development practices, such as those applied to website creation, don’t fit the needs of mobile projects.
  • Updates: Mobile apps must be continually updated and refined in order to deliver the best user experience possible.
  • Keeping Up with Trends: These rapid changes call for an equally fast development and deployment cycle, which can put considerable pressure on the organization.

Recommendations for Mobile App Development and Deployment

In order to address these issues, Gartner makes three key recommendations:

  1. Collaboration: Team members — including business stakeholders, developers, and users — should collaborate and work to observe best practices, specifically for mobile development.
  2. Mobile Application Testing: In addition, companies should be utilizing all test types — functional, performance and load and user experience — to gauge the effectiveness of their mobile apps.
  3. Updating Based on User Experiences: Companies should also seek to analyze how applications are being leveraged by actual users in order to make the necessary improvements.

Mobile Application Testing Conditions

Lee Barnes, founder and CTO of Utopia Solutions, noted recently that there are several items that teams should consider as they run mobile app testing processes. These are specific to different areas of the app, including the network, installation, performance, interrupt, and device integration.

Here are the top five considerations included in the checklist for each component:

  1. Interrupt conditions: Testers should examine how incoming/outgoing calls, pop-up alerts and notifications and the device’s power cycle impact the performance of the app.
  2. Installation conditions: The team should take a look at how the app is installed, what the process is for uninstalling or reinstalling the app, and how the program goes through updates.
  3. Network conditions: Testers should analyze the network type, quality, loss, and transition.
  4. Performance conditions: When it comes to application performance, the team should examine the speed and responsiveness of the app, its CPU and memory usage, how it contributes to battery drain, as well as the app’s utilization of on-device and memory card storage.
  5. Device integration conditions: Teams should also look into how the app integrates with the device, including its ability to utilize the device’s location and GPS, video, and camera, as well as how content is displayed.