It is evident that mobile devices are part of our daily lives, and new applications with different types of functionalities are published every day. However, problems are almost always found in applications, either due to poor development or poor understanding of requirements. These elements might cause compatibility faults with some devices, as well as some operating systems and their versions. For this reason, in software development it is important to carry out tests that corroborates its correct operation.
Some people say that testing lets us know when the app is bug free, but that’s only half true. In fact, testing is important to find the maximum number of bugs. However, it is important to know that there will always be bugs in the application. We may not find them in the testing process, but possibly a user will.
That’s why testers exist. Software testers plan and carry out the test plan from their computers, to find or identify errors. Implementing a test plan is complex and quite long. Developing and launching a mobile application involves many steps of planning, creation and subsequent maintenance and updates. The process of creating an app is long and involves different stages, and one of those steps is application testing. Not always and not all computer professionals have noticed the importance of reviewing and doing all kinds of tests to verify the proper functioning of an application.
Within any project, enough time must be reserved for testing the applications that are developed in order to create simple, easily accessible and tailored tools for each client according to their needs.
Nowadays, when creating mobile applications, aspects such as design, accessibility or navigation must be taken into account, but for all this to work correctly, it is necessary to carry out a series of tests that approve what has been developed. We will focus on this stage in this post. How important is app testing?
Why is the testing stage of an app important? This step is essential for any software development since it allows us to see our errors in the app creation process, as well as to see the design, accessibility and basic and necessary aspects so that users feel comfortable navigating through the tool.
Regarding the advantages of testing an app, on the one hand, it can be thought that the best thing to do when testing an app is to carry it out at the end of the development process. But the truth is that most of the time the best option is to test while developing some aspects of the mobile application. This will allow us to correct bugs or failures in a more agile and faster way, and even facilitates the work of developers who will not have to wait for the creation of the entire application to correct errors.
On the other hand, involving the client in an app development process allows us to also be present when testing the app and therefore provide more improvements, being able to adjust to the result that our client wants.
In any development, testing is a step that should not be skipped since thanks to these tests it is guaranteed that an app works correctly. In addition, when testing it is necessary to see the limits that an app can reach.
This process provides quality, security, improves the image of the company and the product and allows bugs to be corrected before the application sees the light and the users themselves notify those bugs.
When testing the application that we are developing, we will have to take into account a series of factors. We can start by deciding if the tests will be done on real mobile devices or on emulators that allow you to run a program or application on one platform to see its behavior on different devices.
On the one hand, the tests that are done on real mobile devices are more reliable and secure since they are testing the apps on the same devices that real users will use it. In this way, we will know the real behavior of the application that we are developing.
When using real mobile devices to test apps, there are also some disadvantages. In this case, it is necessary to have smartphones of different operating systems (Android and iOS are the main ones) and brands to test what happens in each of them.
In addition, it must be taken into account that new mobiles are released on the market every day. This can mean a significant outlay of money and increase costs.
On the other hand, using emulators can be another way of testing apps. A small drawback of emulators is that they do not have the same reliability as real devices, but they are a good alternative to see how a mobile application works. Also, some of these emulators are free so the cost would be minimal.
In conclusion, the testing process of an app is an essential step to confirm its proper functioning or correct the necessary errors.