The Software testing community experienced an exciting year of 2017 with many trends taking shape. Applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, continuing trend in adoption of DevOps, increasing test automation, shortening release schedules, and the lack of time for testing. The prevailing state of software testing is getting more challenging with every day passing. With the huge demand for high-quality products within a short time span, the role of testing has grown beyond just another process. Not a single software product could be released without its quality testing and bug fixing. The Software testing industry is always evolving and transforming to new horizons that’s why it’s better to forecast and predict such trends ahead of everyone. This article makes bold predictions for Software Testing trends of 2018.
Appium is an open source, cross-platform Test automation tool for native, hybrid and mobile web apps, tested on simulators (iOS, FirefoxOS), emulators (Android), and real devices (iOS, Android, FirefoxOS). Appium drives various native automation frameworks and provides an API based on Selenium’s WebDriver JSON wire protocol. Android support uses the UiAutomator framework for newer platforms and Selendroid for older Android platforms.
Enterprise mobility solutions can present a number of challenges – Mobile governance, or the Management of people, policy, and process issues. At times it can seem like a minefield, but enterprises can quickly identify these challenges and overcome them in order to deploy an innovative enterprise mobility strategy. Companies need to bring all stakeholders into the fold to create truly productive and effective Enterprise Mobility. Here are the key challenges that organizations face as they define their Mobility strategy.
The era of cash is history! I don’t remember when I last visited a Bank. Mobile Payments has been touted as the next big thing for some time now. Who doesn’t use a Mobile Banking App? Who hasn’t heard of Digital Wallet giant PayPal? Making Bill payments using Paytm, a mobile wallet? The Mobile Wallet offerings from Flipkart & Amazon? Tech giants are also venturing into the Mobile Payments domain with Apple Pay, Android Pay & Samsung Pay. Financial Institutions, Credit companies, Internet companies, Mobile communication companies and major handset multinationals have all implemented Mobile Payment solutions. Mobile payments are quickly becoming financial services’ biggest asset. The mobile payments revolution is coming – it is only a question of when.
‘Mobile App’ is the new buzzword. Then how can one stick to the traditional Test Plan template? The purpose of the Mobile App Test Plan is to define how the testing effort for the App release is planned, executed, and controlled. It is critical to have a rigorous Mobile App Test Plan before the App is deployed. The idea is simple, focus on the value it offers – boil Test planning down to only the essentials and cut all fat and fluff. Test Plan shouldn’t be like any other dead document (resulting in wasted effort) – written, reviewed, referred to a few times and then cast aside as the project moves ahead. A comprehensive Plan gives customers the confidence that an efficient Test process is adopted to ensure optimum App Quality! Let’s have a look…
Enterprise mobility is a hot topic; every time we turn around another company is in the news. “Going mobile” seems to be the mantra of modern day enterprises. Mobility offers huge opportunities & benefits for Enterprises. Continuing on my previous post “Understanding Enterprise Mobility” let’s have a closer look as to why it’s so important for Enterprises to adopt Mobility? Why is Enterprise Mobility so popular, and what can it do for your Enterprise?
The phrase mobile commerce was originally coined in 1997 by Kevin Duffey – “the delivery of electronic commerce capabilities directly into the consumer’s hand, anywhere, via wireless technology.” Mobile commerce transactions continues to grow, and the term includes the purchase and sale of a wide range of goods and services, online banking, bill payment, information delivery and so on. Also known as m-commerce.
Convergence of Social Media, Mobile, Analytics, & Cloud [SMAC] is one of the hottest trends these days. It is a major business agenda forcing organizations to rethink their strategies and increase technology investments in this direction. Combining Mobile and Analytics, let’s see how Mobile Analytics can help strategize our testing approach!
Recognize that the data is important, but understand what it means. While raw data is important, it’s the organization and utilization of the data – the analytics – that really drives the push for mobile app companies to continuously strive for application optimization. A lean comprehensive overview of all of the aspects of your app in a quick and efficient manner helps you strategize the Testing solution.
The mobile application ecosystem is very dynamic. OEMs are launching new devices and new customization, and new OS versions are delivered every now and then. This is the constant challenge that most enterprises face. As the new versions of devices and operating systems create capabilities to expand your application, it’s imperative to test your app quickly over an ever expanding variety of devices so your newer versions are as spotless as ever. To achieve this, innovative techniques like Cloud based Testing for Mobile applications are required to be implemented to ensure optimal performance and user experience regardless of the type of his handset, operating system, geographical location and network service provider. Cloud based Testing for Mobile applications offers Web-based access to a large pool of real handsets and devices connected to live networks spread globally, providing enterprises with end-to-end control for manual and automated testing practices.
The shift to mobile application development is impacting companies of all shapes and sizes, making it one of the most competitive ventures. From social media to shopping, navigation, and so much more, digital users spend hours utilizing the millions of apps available literally at their fingertips. With so much choice, users aren’t likely to give any app a second chance, and many people don’t. In fact, almost 35% of mobile app engagements last less than a minute, suggesting users don’t take long to make judgments.
We all know about successful Mobile Apps like WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Flipboard, Instagram, Facebook, etc. Ever thought what keeps other apps like Viber, WeChat, etc. on the similar theme suffer disapproval and losses? While competition in the mobile application development market is high, failure isn’t always a result of bad luck. In most cases, there are other contributing factors. So, why do most apps fail?
Considering the wide variety of mobile devices from apple to Samsung to android and to Symbian and so on, it is very hard for the testing team to arrange all sorts of mobile devices while working under considerable amount of budget and timeline related constraints. Solution – Mobile emulators are powerful tools for developing mobile applications and are widely used for both manual and automated mobile application testing. But can they deliver 100% coverage? Are these reliable? Can we neglect Real-device Testing? Are there any limitations to Emulators? When to use Real devices for Testing?
I am sure many of you have heard the term ‘Enterprise Mobility’. Enterprise mobility is a hot topic; every time we turn around another company is in the news. “Going mobile” seems to be the mantra of modern day enterprises. According to Global Industry Analysts, the global market for enterprise mobility is expected to reach $218 billion by 2018. But it’s not just about the ‘Smartphones’ – ‘Enterprise Mobility’ encompass a range of wireless networks, handheld devices, social media and cloud-based solutions.
“You cannot test iOS Apps without an iPhone or a MacBook” – are you one among the many who think so? Everything about Apple being proprietary, many of us tend to think so. But let me tell you – It’s partially true – You cannot skip the real-device testing altogether, but before reaching there you can surely perform a thorough App test using iPhone Emulator / Simulator (for Windows). Yeah! You read it right.
Hope you have heard the famous advertising title – “There’s an app for that”. Quite literally, there are Mobile Apps available for everything. But before being available to end-users, Mobile Testing is an important phase of a mobile app’s development stage. As the war between Google and Apple rages on, there is a battle in the testing world that mirrors the epic giants. Android & iOS Mobile App Testing is often quite different. A Tester must be able to test on both OSes and in order to do that it must, first of all, know only the differences which have an impact to his/her testing process. The purpose of this post is exactly that: to focus on differences between iOS and Android that a tester must know.