There’s a mobile app for that.
Mobile applications have become more ubiquitous than ever before. Unfortunately, despite their prevalence, studies have found that just 10% of developers test their mobile apps. This is bad.
For whatever reason, app developers are refraining from going through the imperative QA process. But they must. How else will businesses ensure a perfect launch and work out any kinks that immediate users will find? It is time for these developers to begin testing their mobile apps.Whether it is for the iPhone or Android, there are many ways that developers can successfully work out their apps and determine if they’re ready to be available to the open marketplace.
Here are five tips for successfully testing your mobile apps:
1. It is a Team Effort
There is no “I” in team (yes, yes, there is “me” in team), which means that you need more than just one person testing the mobile app. In any organization, there are multiple developers with their own unique skills, expertise and insight into app programming. This means that you should employ their help through the testing phase. Let’s be honest: we always miss something.
2. Apps Must be User-Friendly
As you test the mobile apps, you must have one thing in mind: user-friendly, especially newbies.
All mobile apps have to be designed and catered to an audience of monkeys. Not everyone is a Bill Gates or some computer science expert. Every click, every button, every design must be tailored to those who aren’t experts in software. User-friendly is the most important part.
3. One Language at a Time
When you’re using multiple programming languages, you can’t focus on every single one. Instead, you have to hone in on one language at a time to ensure you have a stellar mobile app. Otherwise, you will miss out on the mistakes and launch a faulty mobile app with kinks.
4. Functionality Comes First, Then Design
This ties in with your app being user-friendly. Once you begin testing your mobile apps, the No. 1 priority is functionality. As soon as you have worked out all of the bugs and hiccups within the app itself then you can move onto the design aspect of your mobile app.
If you concentrate on the design before anything else then users won’t care whatsoever about the colours of the buttons, the images used or the app logo because they’re having a tough time advancing to a specific part of the page.
5. Be Ready to Market
Are you finished testing the mobile app? Great! Now you should be ready to market the app.
All of your mobile apps should already have a detailed marketing plan ready to work on.
This marketing initiative should consist of blog posts, ebooks, white papers, social media campaigns and so on. Indeed, it should be a part of your testing process because you need to find out if the specific parts of your apps can be marketed on Twitter or if the purpose of the app can be written about. Marketing and testing go hand in hand.