Guarantee a Truly Impeccable User Experience by Testing Mobile Applications on Real Devices
Aug 17, 2022
The internet is rife with jokes that pit programmers and software testers against each other, but the truth of the matter is that testing is essential to the development of any software solution. In particular, functional testing, especially on real devices, guarantees higher quality and secures a smooth deployment for any mobile application. Be sure not to skip this essential step.
Functional testing: An often tedious but essential step
User and customer expectations are constantly rising. In the presence of long load times, a crash, or bugs, it becomes easy for users to call into question the general quality and utility of an application. For this reason, functional testing is key to the success of digital projects, whether you are updating an existing application or launching a new one. However, functional tests are still often perceived as time consuming and tedious by technical teams, which may be tempted to simply execute them using emulators. The use of emulators to test functionalities does have its limits, which can make it harder for quality assurance (QA) teams to identify major bugs that can have a significant impact on the user experience.
Functional testing on real devices: The solution to adopt
While testing on real devices is ideal, it can be challenging for organizations that lack an adequate inventory of smartphones or tablets. At CTG, we help a variety of organizations implement the most effective solution, one that guarantees quality and reliability: application testing on real devices.
Unlike emulators, testing on real devices enables QA teams to:
Evaluate all the key functionalities in your application
Validate user interface elements and hardware components such as Bluetooth or NFC technology
Evaluate the usability of the application
Consider the fragmentation of the mobile operating systems
Test in real conditions (e.g., consider network and battery issues)
These are just a few of the many benefits that come from testing on real devices.
The 3 key moments to execute functional tests
The life of an application is punctuated by different strategic stages during which it is necessary to be vigilant. Functional tests must be carried out with more rigor to avoid disappointing your customers and compromising your business objectives and growth. What are these key moments?
The first one is obvious: the launch of a new application or the implementation of a major redesign of your service. This is an important moment in the life of your company; you have committed your teams to this objective, you have probably deployed a marketing operation, and you expect a return on investment. End-to-end testing will help secure this launch by providing an optimal experience for your users.
Second, the release of new versions of your application or the implementation of new functionalities also require the full attention of your QA team and testing on real devices. Doing so will help your team avoid regressions or undesirable results that can arrive when updates are not tested thoroughly.
Lastly, major operating systems updates can impact how an application functions. To protect key functionalities and prevent any issues from arising, it is necessary to perform functional tests.
Moving forward, secure your teams (and yourself) by performing functional testing on real devices to guarantee optimal performance for your application!
To learn more about functional testing or how CTG can help your organization optimize its QA process, please contact us.