The mobile app revolution is fully underway, with relative newcomers like Android already fully a part of it. With Microsoft looming on the horizon with their own take on mobile phones, the future is looking to be very mobile app orientated. Whether its an iPhone app, Android app or something else entirely, as consumers for mobile apps, we already have a vast array of existing apps to choose from. These apps range from games, business apps, life-style apps, pretty much anything you can think of has been turned into a mobile app.
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For anyone who has downloaded a mobile app, positive experiences and negative experiences will have occurred. With the relative ease for a developer to create and publish an app, we have no guaranteed level of app quality. We can rely on user feedback, but for new apps this is irrelevant. So as consumers, we download the app simply hoping it will function as expected. So, how can the quality of an app be increased? the answer is simply ‘Testing’.
When we consider the term ‘app testing’ we must look at this a professional app testing and not a quick test by a developer prior to launch. Having been a professional mobile app tester for several years now, I have had the pleasure of working with some amazingly talented app developers. A small percentage of these amazing talents, do claim however; that their apps do not have any bugs. Well, having tested thousands of mobile apps myself, I have never been in the position where I have failed to find any bugs. All software has bugs, and with some basic testing knowledge, virtually any tester can find bugs within a mobile app.
It is the responsibility of a mobile app developer to understand the design of the app and develop the software code. A mobile app tester’s responsibility is not simply to find the bugs, their goal must be to increase the quality of the app, finding bugs, is just a small part of this. The testing performed must also take into consideration, the goal of the app, the target audience etc.
By collaborating with the app developer, a mobile app tester can not only significantly increase the app’s quality but also their involvement can drive forward the project with alternative design suggestions and usability feedback.
To ensure an mobile app is released on time, and is of high quality, it must be well designed and well coded. The way to ensure this goals is reached, is by using a professional mobile app tester.