Apps aren’t just some luxury offering that comes attached with only a few elite businesses. Apps have been changing how business works, especially since they help enhance efficiency and can leverage data.
Businesses are leaning increasingly toward apps, especially enterprise apps since they have a positive impact on productivity. According to Forbes, no business in today’s competitive market can afford to go without mobile apps. And while most businesses realize fully well why they need mobile apps, there’s one thing many often miss out on.
And that’s app testing.
App Testing Should be Treated as ASAP Testing
As a business, your ultimate goal is to provide a satisfactory user experience. That extends beyond the quality of your product or service. You’re also required to ensure that their shopping experience is easy, simple, and customer-friendly. This is where apps come in. Websites need to be user-friendly and need to be updated regularly. Small businesses and startups, in particular, should stand by this dictum. Functionality is the key to success—and when business owners forego app testing, they’re compromising the app’s functionality.
Know that when your customers use your mobile apps, they won’t regard it as being any different from a desktop app or a website. They want the same speed and the same ease of use, which is often critical to nail in mobile apps.
Also note that your app will be used by multiple users at the same time. The response time cannot and should not exceed 1 second or 5 seconds at most, no matter how many people use your app concurrently. If that happens, customers will shut your app before you even know it. Mobile apps that are slow win no favors with users.
Your app’s functionality and its shareability are important factors to take into consideration. Units and functional user interactions are steps in the right direction, as well as load testing. This helps determine that your app is as robust as it can get.
Would you release a product without ensuring that it works in apple-pie order? You wouldn’t. The same attention to detail should be meted out to apps, because they are, in essence, an extension of your business. They are a part of your brand reputation, and a faulty app can hurt your reputation in many ways.
The foundation of any app lies in unit tests, which are performed ideally during the writing of the code. This helps ensure an improved design and strong code. Monkey testing, although new, is a preparatory test for potential failures and mishaps.
Load testing—or performance testing—ensures better performance for as many concurrent users as possible.
Functional user interaction tests are for mobile gestures—such as dragging and pressing, zooming and rotating.
Visual tests detect bugs in the UI. Without a visual test, you can’t detect component breaks only through functional tests.