Your business has decided to create a mobile application (either for business users or for consumers). Wise choice! Hybrid mobile applications ensure that all users can access your mobile application, no matter the operating system (OS) or device they happen to be using at the moment. Hybrid mobile applications also allow you to target a larger audience, without having to worry about building a native application for iOS and Android and maintaining two sets of code for your mobile application.
So, now that you are in the midst of the mobile application development lifecycle, you are thinking about testing. Also a wise choice! Testing is paramount. If you want your application to function well on all devices and in both operating environments, you need to be sure that the single code-base your developers create is scalable, flexible, performs well and looks and acts great on Androids, iPads, iPhones, Smart Watches, and whatever other devices you expect to target.
Testing can uncover issues with the user experience, as well as performance issues and lag time and a myriad of other things you’ll want to address before you release your mobile application to your users.
In this article, we will discuss four things you’ll want to think about when planning your manual testing process.
Mobile Testing is crucial. What happens to your mobile application if your user is working without a signal? How does the application function ‘on the road’ if a user is performing a task, entering data, etc.? If the user loses a wi-fi connection or signal, does the data disappear or is it saved locally? Is there is a change in orientation on one device or for an older device with a particular resolution or screen dimensions?
Functional Testing scripts should be comprehensive to be sure that a call to action or other task functions appropriately.
WebView Integration should be tested carefully to be sure there is no redundancy in the display, menu or header, and that the app can adapt to individual screen sizes and resolutions.
Mitigate Reconnections so that users do not have to log-in or start a session and then reconnect. Manual testing should ensure that the user can log-in, gain access and go right to the task they wish to perform without duplicating log-in, security or session actions.
Remember that a hybrid mobile application is designed with one code base so that it will satisfy both iOS and Android operating systems (OS). When an application is designed specifically as a native app, user interaction is seamless. While hybrid and cross-platform mobile applications allow businesses to maintain one code base and to more easily upgrade and maintain the application, there is a concern that these hybrid apps do not work as well in leveraging the full potential of each operating system or may be slower in response time. Developers can address these concerns using specific coding techniques and plugins and a comprehensive testing plan should include manual testing that explicitly focuses on performance and navigation and ensures that a particular type, version or size of device will not underperform.
If your business is planning to create a cross-platform, hybrid mobile app development, a trusted IT consulting partner can help you leverage the possibilities and help you create a robust testing plan that will ensure a successful launch and mobile application lifecycle.