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Some would say that testing is not the most exciting of topics. But I would beg to differ. Testing today, almost a full decade and a half into the new millennium, has become quite an exciting topic.
The breath-taking pace of change over the last few years requires new and innovative ways of doing things, and testing is no exception. The ubiquity of mobile phones, the incorporation of agility into software development processes, the pervasiveness of cloud environments - these development have pushed quality and performance expectations to the forefront.
And testing is being seriously challenged.
In the first post in our series on the Future of Testing we tackle mobile testing. With 90% of American adults owning a cell phone, and 58% owning a smartphone, we feel that mobile is one of the most important developments affecting testing.
How has mobile changed testing?
Mobile has opened up new markets for software, putting powerful, innovative technology in the hands of new segments of society that previously never had access to computers. The mind-boggling array of mobile applications available on iTunes and Google Play has increased usability and performance expectations, giving a whole new meaning to the word “quality.”
Today with the customers we’re working with we’re seeing 5 trends related to mobile:
Application complexity, higher user experience expectations, multi-channel integration, and external integration with peripheral devices have increased software sophistication and quality standards.
Mobility has become a key driver in the evolution of testing.
The following are testing recommendations for organizations developing and managing mobile applications to address the most common challenges that organizations face:
If the above list seems a little overwhelming, don’t worry, we’ve got more for you. In our next post we cover testing for cloud applications, and in future posts we cover testing for agile software development, testing automation, and exploratory testing.
We’d love to hear you’re experience with mobile testing. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below, or on Twitter or LinkedIn.