Implementing the Right Mobile Application Testing Strategy

Implementing the Right Mobile App Testing Strategy

The smartphone revolution has brought businesses unprecedented access to their consumer base through the mobile app market. Consumer apps still dominate the mobile app Eco-system, but organizations are slowly stepping in as well. Businesses ranging from large corporations to neighborhood grocery stores, from helping people manage their finances and doing their banking to providing parents with easier access to monitor their child’s progress in school.

Mobile apps, though primarily built to be used on mobile devices, can also be accessed on other platforms. This cross-platform accessibility and subsequent ease of use has also been a key factor in its explosive growth. It is safe to assume that mobile apps are an essential part of a new-age modern society. With the vast number of apps in existence today, the average user has the benefit of being able to pick an app for his needs from a huge selection of apps with similarly styled features and functions. If the user encounters problems while using the app, he is extremely likely to immediately replace it with another and also give it a negative review, further affecting the given app’s image.

Therefore, in the extremely competitive world of mobile apps, enterprises seek to release apps that function well on different devices, internal hardware configurations, resolutions, operating systems, and across different mobile networks. Therefore testing an app during its development cycle is absolutely essential to its success.

Since a single ideal testing procedure doesn’t exist, as each unique testing method has its own limitations in terms of costs, testing quality, and overall time taken. It has invariably become important to adopt a testing strategy that involves many different testing methods.

A brief overview of Mobile app testing methods

  1. Using Emulators:

With the number of available mobile devices ranging in the thousands, a number further multiplied when different internal configuration for the same model are taken into account, it is extremely difficult and time consuming for testing to be done on every type of device. Emulators allow testers to mimic different devices in the same virtual test environment, thereby substantially reducing expenses, improving efficiency, and saving time. They are crucial for testing basic application functionality, and also during feature development. Emulators can be configured to provide options for different networks as well. When deciding on an emulator for testing, one must ensure that they provide the instrumentation and network options to be as flexible as you like.

It is to be noted that though the use of an emulator has great benefits, it doesn’t mean that testing on actual physical devices can be skipped entirely. Physical devices are still essential to understand application behavior in real life scenarios; for example, to assess application behavior during phone calls, messages, low battery notifications, etc.

  1. Automated Testing:

Automated scripts are essential to speed up the testing process, especially when it comes to successful regression testing during the development stages. Any testing platform [Emulator, remote solutions] that supports script and playback options helps save time by allowing more test cases to be performed on a consistent basis. Automated testing is ideal for use when the mobile app is growing, and with frequent regression tests during a long development cycle. It also helps if a significant portion of the tests have obtainable functionality test cases.

  1. Cloud testing:

Cloud testing comes into play when the required device is unavailable. It allows you to have a web-based testing environment where apps can be thoroughly tested, and also enables access to remote real devices at any time.

The success of an app is determined greatly by smooth functionality on the day of its release. Testing is critical in ensuring the best quality product reaches the end consumer. Therefore, employing a testing strategy that involves emulators, real devices, and other mobile testing platforms can guarantee a successful launch.

Gallop’s state-of-the-art mobile test lab uses the latest and best in mobile testing to bring you better quality and quicker time-to-market. Reach out to us today and we will be happy to help you with right mobile app testing strategy.

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The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

7 Mobile Testing Pitfalls to be avoided

7 Mobile Testing Pitfalls to be avoided

Mobile apps saw a 76% YoY growth in 2014. A Nielsen study finds that the average smartphone user has about 42 apps on their device and 87% claim to use nearly 10 apps on daily basis.

What these statistics show is that apps rule our world today. Mobile users have a mind boggling range of apps to choose from. This means they will not show the patience to work their way through apps that do not meet their expectations. It is so much easier and faster to just switch to another app.

As a tester, here are some mobile testing pitfalls you need to avoid to ensure your app is well-received when it’s out in the market.

1.Failing to think like a customer

As a tester, you are used to scrutinizing the app for clinical aspects like its overall quality and adherence to requirements. But do you consider how you, as a customer, would react to the app? Often, usability testing focuses on screen navigation and general ease of use but do you give equal importance to other factors like – which functionalities will be used the most and are these suitably located? How easy is it to access a topic in the help page? Is the app intuitive and do different functionalities seamlessly integrate with each other?

2.Not planning ahead for testing

Not having a test plan in hand before testing begins may lead to your testing being chaotic with unplanned activities creeping into your schedule. Planning ahead for testing helps you to create realistic timelines and ensures smooth progress of testing.

3.Resisting test automation

While nothing can replace manual testing, test automation is very useful when it comes to testing repetitive, complex or lengthy test cases. Many companies shy away from automation considering it to be a costly affair. While automation can be costly, a well-executed automation strategy can generate high returns in a short period of time.

Here’s how to Maximise ROI through mobile test automation

4.Failing to use metrics for continuous improvement

Metrics are a great way of pointing out areas that are working well and those that need some work. It is important to collect data on how the app is performing real-time. Metrics like average session time, Client/Server compute time, customer retention rates can give you important insights into making your app more successful in the market.

5.Insufficient attention given to non-functional testing

Often testers are so busy testing the app for its functionality, they fail to give sufficient attention to non-functional aspects like load, performance and stress testing and sometimes, security testing. Also these tests are generally done at the end where they are often compromised due to lack of time. Without adequate non-functional testing, your app can suffer when it is out in the real world.

6.Insufficient testing on actual devices

While emulators are useful in identifying issues early in the development, testing in later stages needs to be done on actual devices. This gives the tester a feel of real user interactions, factors like battery consumption, overall performance and response to service interruptions.


Rooting/jailbreaking should be strictly avoided as the test results in such situations cannot be considered to be accurate. Also, such devices are prone to performance issues which can lead to reporting of false issues.

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8 Best Practices for Mobile App Testing


Mobile app testing is beset by challenges arising out of the huge variations in network, devices and OS, not to mention differences in user skills. Add to this, the need for better video and audio capabilities and hand gesture based applications, it is imperative that a mobile app delivers on all counts!
To get those much desired five star ratings, an app needs to rise above these challenges and deliver high performance under varying conditions of usage.

Gallop Solutions is a front runner in mobile app testing. Through our years of practice, we have put together certain best practices that, when followed diligently, can ensure a mobile app that is truly versatile.

1. Testing strategy: Devising a testing strategy helps to lay down certain guidelines which all testers are expected to follow. This brings uniformity in testing and ensures adequate test coverage.

2. Test on real devices: While emulators and simulators are really useful in testing in the early stages of development, the app needs to be tested sufficiently on actual devices too. Testing on real devices ensures test results are realistic and gives the tester a better idea regarding the look and feel of the app and its general usability.

3. Test early and test often: Start testing as soon as development has reached a logical stage. This helps to identify issues early before they become too costly to fix. Track results of each test cycle.

4. Set device and OS preferences: It might be virtually impossible to test exhaustively on all device, network and OS combinations. Determine upfront which devices and OS your app will specifically cater to and perform QA on them.

5. Automate testing: Automation greatly reduces time to market and generates high ROI besides giving the benefit of repeatable testing.  But an important factor to keep in mind is periodic maintenance of the automation test suite.

6. Adequate performance, stress and security testing:  Performance, stress and security testing make your app robust and can prevent financial liabilities arising from user distress. Check for known and unknown vulnerabilities, including those arising from third party and open source software packages.

View Gallop’s whitepaper on performance testing of mobile apps

7. Check battery consumption, fault tolerance and interoperability: Power hungry apps most likely get deleted. Be sure to check how much battery your app consumes. Also, check how well it works with other popular apps and how it adjusts to negative conditions like varying network strengths or suspended connections.

8. Ensure your app is truly global: Your app will have worldwide appeal only if it adapts to various geographies. Ensure it supports languages, currencies and even popular social networks of prominent markets.

There is nothing worse than an app that loads slowly or crashes frequently. 50% users who encounter a bug never return. Selecting an appropriate testing partner to grow with can make the difference between success and failure for your app.

Gallop brings you the advantage of a state-of-the-art mobile test lab coupled with a co-located mobile testing team and strategic alliances with mobile tool vendors.  We offer fine-tuned mobile testing services supported by our proven testing approach, Proprietary Testing IP (ETAS), and mobile testing capabilities through our Mobile Centre of Excellence resulting in superior quality, cost optimization, and accelerated go LIVE time across any combination of mobile devices and operating systems. Know more.

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The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.