Top 5 Trends in Mobile Test Automation

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Top 5 Trends in Mobile Test Automation

These top concerns in automated mobile testing will help you keep up with trends and improve your processes for 2018.

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2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Apple App Store and Android. The last decade has witnessed tremendous action, constant updates, rave reviews, millions of downloads, and much more. By the end of 2017, the iOS App Store and Google Play Store had more than 2 million and more than 3.5 million apps, respectively. Mobile applications are one of the fastest and most continuously updated software for end users; hence; they need constant testing and deployment. Hence, mobile test automation and mobile testing add major business value for enterprises.

A lot happens around mobile applications. At an enterprise level, it could be for incurring profits or managing organizational activities. At a consumer level, it could be for smooth application use and enhanced experience. Mobile applications need to be highly innovative, but stay secure and simple to derive expected consumer behavior.

This makes mobile automation testing a key step in development and testing. At the same time, the challenges around mobile application testing are massive. These applications need to ensure a seamless experience and robust security measures for sensitive data as well. Automation enables teams to reduce testing effort and pace up testing activity. It is equally important to strategize mobile automation testing and not just implement a tool.

Considering that mobile application testing and development platforms are updated constantly, it is imperative to keep up with trending updates. In this article, we look at the key trends in mobile test automation that will create an impact in 2018.

1. Release Schedules Are Going to Get Shorter and Tighter

Numerous mobile applications are released every day with varying objectives and for a diverse range of users. At the same time, there are constant updates happening regularly to make the experience better and meatier. However, development and testing teams have to deal with this pressure. Test automation is a crucial decision that application developers make to make things happen.

Going forward, what you can expect is release cycles getting shorter, which will lead to tighter testing schedules. Given the complexity with which the mobile application environment is operating, the time to write stable test code will reduce and the code will run simultaneously on the mobile platforms. Hence, there will be less time to write and integrate the tests within the framework.

2. Testing for Newer Devices and Dimensions

The consumer market is flooded with new phones of varying configurations, loaded with different operating systems and screens with different dimensions. This trend is only going to increase over time, which will make testing more and more challenging. Test automation strategies and frameworks will have to be designed to make mobile applications responsive and secure across any and every device.

Continuous innovation is needed for constant growth, which is impossible without continuous testing across test automation platforms. It will help teams to check for defects and issues way ahead in the testing cycle. Automation test maintenance will further help to reveal fresh defects with the application.

3. Need to Maximize Test Automation Coverage

With growing cybersecurity threats and rising complexity of applications, organizations will need enhanced test coverage for their enterprise application suite. It will be a major struggle to strategize automation processes and build the required frameworks. Whether you adopt a licensed tool or leverage an open source platform, it has to offer higher test coverage, addressing every issue with the application.

Moreover, new technologies such as chatbots, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality will be used in the application. Test automation will be needed to ensure their functionality and test the application repeatedly under varying circumstances for the desired outcome.

4. Leveraging IP-Led Tools and Testing Center of Excellence (TCoE)

As the testing challenges spike, the need to leverage a stable testing platform with testing frameworks, a range of mobile devices, emulators, and desktop browsers will only increase. This will help reduce inconsistencies in the testing environment and achieve higher test coverage for applications. It will further help reduce the turnaround time and ensure quality. Moreover, automation frameworks can also be updated and enhanced consistently within such an evolved setup.

5. Improved Visibility for Test Automation Processes

Mobile test automation cannot be totally productive with quality blind spots. The automation process will need more visibility as testing these applications gets more complicated. The tools leveraged for mobile test automation will have to provide complete visibility for every quality metric. This will help teams to get a recap of every test and every issue.

Additionally, the testing framework will grow and be upgraded, hence, testers can go back and check the test data for the required update on the code. Factors such as time taken, failure rates, and many testing-related queries can be easily handled. This will further enhance transparency and teams will become more attentive and responsive.

In Conclusion

The mobile applications segment is one of the most promising zones in the consumer IT section. According to the recently updated Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide from the International Data Corporation (IDC), "Worldwide spending on mobility solutions is forecast to reach $1.72 trillion in 2021." New technologies are being embedded in these applications, which is posing challenges in testing and development.

This will generate an added load on test automation strategies to deliver applications that not only provide an enhanced experience, but also stay robust under any load or unforeseen circumstances. Along similar lines, digital transformation is changing consumer preferences and the overall application development scenario. Automation will not only be an enabler, but also a savior for development and testing teams across challenging situations.

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