Mobile Testing

Integrate Mobile Testing into your Continuous Testing Strategy

Mobile Testing Solutions from Parasoft

What does it mean to test a mobile application?

In the advent of mobile-first development, you must ensure your mobile interface is not only secure, reliable, and scalable, but that the customer experience is consistent and delivers on the expectations of the market. A poor user experience on a mobile device can be more harmful to a business than a disappointing human interaction. For successful testing in the context of today's mobile environments, validating your customer's journey through your various interfaces (mobile, web, etc.) is essential.

Parasoft integrates mobile testing into your enterprise testing strategy, so you can ensure a seamless user experience across all of the interfaces of your application.

Mobile App and Mobile Web Testing

There are two types of mobile applications: (1) native apps running on the device (i.e. Android or iOS), and (2) mobile websites built specifically for a mobile browser (i.e. Safari or Chrome) or leveraging responsive web design. Through its integration with Appium, the popular open-source mobile testing solution, Parasoft SOAtest can test both native applications and mobile web, integrating existing test cases as well as helping you streamline the creation of automated mobile web tests.

Leveraging Device Clouds

Mobile tests can be executed on both emulators and physical devices. The advantage of a physical device is that it gives you true visibility into how the software, operating system, and underlying hardware interact together. The disadvantage, however, is that access to these devices is constrained due to the fact that there are so many of them, and getting access requires time. Through Parasoft SOAtest's integration with device clouds (such as AWS Device Farm, Experitest, Mobile Labs, or Sauce Labs), you can focus test creation on a specific device and scale your tests on-demand across numerous physical devices in the cloud.

Mobile testing in context of the broader customer experience

Your customer’s journey through your application spans multiple interfaces. As organizations move toward mobile-first development initiatives, mobile is only one of the interfaces into your application. There are other human interfaces (i.e. desktop web or packaged applications) as well as a series of non-human interfaces (i.e. APIs, web services, even communications directly to the database). Testing each of these in isolation only gives you part of the picture, and doesn’t give you the ability to understand the subtle interactions between these interfaces that impact the overall customer experience.

Parasoft SOAtest's ability to combine these channels together allows you to create stable, reusable end-to-end tests that can be easily automated. This is called omni-channel testing. These tests comprehensively cover the application's use cases to ensure thorough test coverage, by interweaving API and database tests into the validation of mobile and web UI interactions. Through this connected workflow, you can exchange data across the interfaces as you test them, and aggregate the results into a single report that will help you address the challenge of fully testing the entire application.

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Controlling the Mobile Test Environment

Once you've created fully-automated omni-channel tests for your application, the focus turns to the environment. To comprehensively test the multiple interfaces in your application, you need access to the complete test environment, as well as the ability to fill in gaps when internal and back-end components are unavailable, unstable, or do not have required data.

With service virtualization, Parasoft Virtualize gives you complete control of your test environment by creating virtual representations of any service. You can then load your virtual services with the correct data characteristics and performance profiles needed to validate your test scenarios, and deploy them as needed during your testing activities. Parasoft Virtualize helps you reduce late-cycle defects by using simulation to expose unexpected behaviors at any layer of your application, whether a misbehaving button in your mobile app or a security flaw in your business logic. To produce a desired behavior at anytime, you can create a virtual environment designed to expose behavior, and build this simulation into your continuous testing strategy to test your applications completely.

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