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5 Mobile App Problems And How To Mitigate Them

With the rapid rise in mobility in the market today, it is important to take a look at how mobility affects app testing. Users have access to more data than ever before. This helps them make quicker decisions and with that quicker decision-making process comes a marked uptick in expectations. Mobile apps need to be more efficient to keep up. This is a challenge because the first hurdle is to differentiate your app enough from your competitors to be seen. But its not all about looks. As soon as a user installs the app, they are expecting it to run smoothly. They will not hesitate to uninstall and use a competitor’s app if it’s more reliable. Thus, it is plain to see that reliability is paramount to success. The only way you are going to get a reliable app is to test it thoroughly. This pressure to perform makes testing the most important yet challenging aspect of the development process. Here are five problems with mobile app testing and how you can mitigate them.

 

1. Fragmentation

Fragmentation is the process or state of breaking or being broken into small or separate parts. In the realm of mobile apps, this means the fragmentation happens in the form of a myriad of different mobile devices and operating systems. They all affect your app differently.

How do we mitigate this problem?
We have to play the numbers game with this one. Identify the most dominant mobile devices and operating systems and then use emulators to test for problems with these specific devices and operating systems. It doesn’t get everything and everyone but this will ensure the maximum about of users are pleased with the reliability of your app.

 

2. Networks

Networks or the lack of a network will greatly affect how an app works. Does it need to function without a network? What happens when the signal is lost or spotty?

How do we mitigate this problem?
Make sure to test with different signal strengths and test with and without service to see how the app handles being off and on a network. Additionally, try the app without WIFI and connected to data only. It also will help if you do research into what your end user is most likely going to need and try to make sure the app works in that environment.

 

3. UX

UX is short for user experience. As stated above it is paramount to give the user a reliable and appealing user experience. This means that a lot of factors can get in the way of this for example:
Amount of data/info can overload the user, it can feel cluttered, it can feel less friendly then competitor apps, or have a lack of readability. Another item that can greatly affect UX is screen size.

How do we mitigate this problem?
Decide on what’s truly relevant and show only that information. Less is more as they say. This will make the UX less cluttered, for user-friendly, and give the fast-paced user the relevant info quickly. Also, make sure to make sure the app is responsive to different screen sizes otherwise you might lose a whole section of users.

 

4. Varying Types of Mobile Apps

Not to mention the different devices and operating systems but also the different ways of creating the app that will have different effects. Apps can be built in Native, Hybrid, or Web formats. They all act differently and need to be tested differently.

How do we mitigate this problem?
The easiest way to mitigate this problem is to eliminate at least one if not both of the alternatives and focus on just one app type and how it is tested.

 

5. Limited Time

Technology and the market are an ever-changing and progressing animal.

The best way to mitigate this problem?
Refine your testing process to save those crucial moments that are the difference between you and a competitor catching the users eye.

 

Fragmentation, networks, UX, mobile app types, and fast release cycles make testing a dauntless task, but with these helpful tips hopefully, you can overcome these testing challenges.

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