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Nowadays, all mobile testing services companies want to ensure that their mobile app works smoothly. Compatibility testing is therefore done to see if the application runs efficiently on different platforms, devices, and networks by setting up an environment to test code on these parameters.
What is Mobile App Compatibility Testing (MACT), forward and backward testing?
One of the types of compatibility testing is mobile app testing, where you check if your software is compatible with various mobile operating platforms like Android/iOS. It is a type of non-functional testing. Forward compatibility testing checks the behavior of developed hardware or software with the newer versions of it while backward compatibility testing confirms the same with the older versions.
Compatibility testing invariably becomes difficult due to
Frequent launch of new mobile models that incorporate new technologies. Changes like UI, font size, CSS style, and color, increase the complexity of the testing procedure.
Testing not being limited to operating systems and technology features but also browser checks.
Device hardware features that impact the functionality of the application.
Five steps to make MACT more Agile and future-ready
1: Create the device compatibility library and list every device model available in the market and note the following information: platform details, technology features, hardware features included in the device, and network and other technology features supported by the device.
2: Shortlist the device list based on region or country to cover the maximum target audience from your end-users. Consider using actual poll results or market analysis. Use DeviceAtlas, StatCounter, or Google Analytics to identify popular devices.
3: Divide all devices into a fully compatible vs. partially compatible list. A fully compatible device supports all technology features required to make the application work seamlessly. While partially compatible devices may not support some functionalities and cause an error. Android and iOS emulators designed for app testing make default browsers reproduce the look of the app on such devices accurately.
4: Use open-source and standards to check for 100 percent app functionality on devices from this list. Test automation (TA) relies on open source codes that are free and available, meaning no vendor lock-ins, thus increasing the scope and boosting productivity. These time-consuming yet rigorous tests that run automatically are not possible with manual testing.
5: Focus on the functionality that might not be supported by the device features and integrate the flow with complementary tools. Maximize your testing by selecting the most vigorous cross-platform method and sync it with a Continuous Integration (CI) , development, and delivery system. Automatically pushing the app to test devices via the cloud system, it will save time, generate faster results, and developers can fix bugs promptly.
So how can Mobile DevOps enable simultaneous mobile test runs?
Since compatibility testing validates your application and assesses its behavior across mobile devices and browsers, it requires maintaining a cross-platform matrix to ensure beta testers achieve coverage. Parallel and concurrent tests run on real devices and enable Agile methodologies so that developers can test frequently. TA connected with CI/CD systems helps each build get checked against the real environment.
With the number of devices and operating systems appearing on the market, their fragmentation poses a particular challenge to Mobile App testing services companies and quality assurance specialists. The ever-growing number of OSs, platforms, and devices makes it difficult for companies who are eager to take the lead in the industry. That’s why you should sign up with Codoid , to formulate the best mobile test automation strategy. Let us assist you in reducing timelines, eliminating QA bottlenecks, and shortening your release cycles.