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We all are well versed with what mobile applications or simply Apps are. They are softwares for our mobile devices, which are further bifurcated into numerous categories. But before these Apps arrive on different platforms, for the masses to use them; they have to be tested overall. An App should have the potential of attracting people towards it and for that it has to be a desirable one. How does an App fulfill the requirements of the public at large? Clearly through a very precise process of testing. There have been some notion that manual App testing is not useful and people should opt for an automated testing instead, but we are to here to change that disbelief amongst people.
Here are 5 ways in which manual App testing can be very useful:
1. Testing the functionality of an App
The functioning of the App is a very important aspect in the development of the same. How would you imagine that the App isn’t working according to it’s description? To precisely measure the pros and cons of the smooth functionality of the App, a person has to look into it. It is the only best way to do it. The key focus is on the user interface and the features of the App. And an automated testing clearly, is not a part of this aspect.
2. User response
Before any App is let out in the market for users, it has to be deemed fit for the users to get familiar with the App. Hence, to achieve the same, the App has to be tested manually. There is no middle ground here. Public response is utterly important and it shows that how the people at large will response to the App. This kind of testing mainly takes place in groups, where potential candidates test the App in-hand.
3. Testing of App during interruptions
While handling an App, the thorough inspection includes anything and everything that bars the App from working. This includes interruptions. There can be many kind of interruptions while an App is being worked on. Maybe you get a phone call, or a text message or maybe you just plugged in your charger while using the App. There is more than meets the eye. The list goes on and on, and the developers have to make sure how their App handles the given hindrances. Hence manual testers are set to do the work and mark the performance of the App while it is being interrupted during the usage.
4. Testing the App under stress
Applications tend to get slow after a prolonged time of usage. They also crash and malfunction many a times after clicking links or ads in it, often. Phone memory also plays a huge part in the slowing or crashing of an App. When a phone is under stress, it’s very difficult to use an App. Here is where another aspect of manual testing comes in handy. A person can clearly record, how the App functions under stress. How it can be managed and what are the bugs that needed to get fixed in this prolonged usage of the application.
5. Testing the App in different locations
Mostly, many of the Apps are made with an idea of expanding, to be available for the users worldwide. The test made on the Apps, in different locations is very crucial in making an App worthy of usage, worldwide. Different locations have different connectivity issues and different conditions, where an App may fail or even work with ease. This test is no way made for a lab. Persons are needed at different locations for the correct working and durability of the App. Manual testing is a key in understanding different kind of conditions for the App to work in certain locations.
At the end, it’s really not about which kind of App testing is better. The only significant fact to notice here, is that both kind of testing is really essential in making the App useful for consumer usage. The concept is clear as rain. So with all the notion out there, here is some insight on why one kind of testing is useful and that both of them shall go hand in hand.