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In recent years, smartphone usage has grown exponentially because it’s on par with computers in terms of capabilities. Naturally, companies use this to their advantage by developing mobile apps for various reasons, with the end goal being to provide quality service. However, mobile app development isn’t easy, and many roadblocks also plague it.
Mobile app development is a process that requires knowledge, technical and business skills, research, and a high level of expertise. It’s also affected by various challenges that impact time, effort, and budget. Furthermore, the development process isn’t standard and varies from one app to another depending on its platform and functionality.
If you’re planning to develop a mobile app, you should be aware of these issues. These include:
#1 – Building User Experience
Mobile apps rely on user experience (UX) to achieve their goals and become successful. They have to be able to accomplish this because even though there are hundreds of thousands of apps on the market, more are being developed daily. To get the attention of potential users, your app has to:
- Look good
- Be easy to use
- Be intuitive
- Provide the right features
Your app’s design should be appealing and functional for users. The user experience must be easy, friendly, and functional to ensure that users stay engaged with the app.
#2 – Awareness of Testing Approaches
A testing approach oversees the quality of your app’s functionality and design. Depending on the nature of your app, you need to use a different approach. For example, if you’re developing a simple app with a limited number of features, you can use the agile approach. On the other hand, if you’re building a complex app that’s bound to have bugs and errors, you’ll need to use a more comprehensive and stringent approach that ensures quality is at its maximum level. Below are some popular approaches to choose from:
- Functional Testing – focuses on the app’s functionality.
- Smoke Testing – locates issues in an app to fix at that moment.
- Unit Testing – ensures that specific pieces of code are working as expected.
- Regression Testing – guarantees that an update to the app hasn’t broken the old parts.
#3 – Test Automation
Test automation requires you to design and implement a test automation strategy to help you manage the entire process. An automated system performs automated tests to ensure that the app functions as expected. This removes manual testing and increases efficiency and coverage.
Automation becomes an issue when deciding on how much to automate. The greater the automation, the greater the input required. Because of this, you’ll need to find the right balance to automate what’s essential and not waste too much time on manual testing.
#4 – Device-Based Testing
Device testing comes into play when developers test their apps on various devices to ensure that they work correctly. It also ensures that the app functions perfectly when used in real-life situations. One of the biggest problems with device testing is that it’s expensive. This is why developers usually focus on the most popular devices.
#5 – Lack of Access to Multiple Devices
When developing an app and using multiple devices, you must create a testing strategy to accomplish this task best. You should have a range of devices available to test your app on different platforms. However, if you don’t have access to every device out there, you’ll need to hire someone willing to test your app on their device.
#6 – Mobile UI Variations
Mobile apps have grown in popularity over the years, which has led to more choices for consumers. With these choices, you have to develop an app compatible with most mobile devices, which means you have to test your app against various mobile operating systems. A big challenge with that is the hundreds of smartphone phone brands out there, and they all have different operating systems that you need to adapt to.
Building a mobile app isn’t easy and can be a costly endeavor. However, it’s not impossible, and you’ll need to do a bit of research first to ensure that your budget is well-structured. This will help you avoid overspending on various aspects and ensure that the app is developed within the planned time frame.
Codoid provides top-quality mobile app testing services for various companies. We understand how important an app is to a business, so our QA professionals will ensure that everything is working correctly with insight on areas of improvement. Reach out today to learn more!