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Mobile Application Test Lab

I want to set up Mobile application test lab in my organization. Can some one help as what should an ideal mobile app test lab should be? The idea is to create a lab and show case as test factory to various customers where mobile applications can be tested in this kind of lab.

 

In my opinion, i need to have various mobile handsets with different OS and with sample application loaded on it. Are there any tools available to load the application onto mobile handset, automate the functional test, performance test, usability test for such application which i can have it in my lab?

 

 

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  • Mobile application testing is a process by which application software developed for hand held mobile devices is tested for its functionality, usability and consistency. Mobile applications either come pre-installed or can be installed from mobile software distribution platforms.

  • Hi,

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    Priyanka said:
    I tried Android, but didnt know that i can test the orientation as well on that..

    Can we?

    If so how to change the orientation in the Android emulator?
  • I tried Android, but didnt know that i can test the orientation as well on that..

    Can we?

    If so how to change the orientation in the Android emulator?
  • Hi,

    You can perform orientation on emulator also
    Are you talking about which emulator (iPhone, blackberry or Android)?
    Thanks,
    Nimesh T.

    Priyanka said:
    Hi Amish,
    As Anurag suggested, testing on emulators is one of the best option when it is test driven development. you can daily take the latest build and test the functionality on emulator.
    The main difference i observed between the device testing and emulator testing is the landscape and portrait view. If your applications support both the views (landscape and portrait) you'll be able to test only portrait view of your application in the emulator. Landscape view can be tested only on the device. All the functional testing can be done on the Emulator as this does not change with respect to views. As per my observation you will mainly find UI issues when the view changes.
  • Hi Amish,

    As Anurag suggested, testing on emulators is one of the best option when it is test driven development. you can daily take the latest build and test the functionality on emulator.

    The main difference i observed between the device testing and emulator testing is the landscape and portrait view. If your applications support both the views (landscape and portrait) you'll be able to test only portrait view of your application in the emulator. Landscape view can be tested only on the device. All the functional testing can be done on the Emulator as this does not change with respect to views. As per my observation you will mainly find UI issues when the view changes.
  • The site I said was www.mobileappstesting.com
  • Hi Amish,

    First of all Welcome to Mobile QA Zone. I wish you have good time here. Well coming back to your questions
    I would consider following points to take in consideration.

    1. Availablity of Devices of various platforms: - I think obviously this is the most basic need for any Mobile Apps/Mobile Testing lab. You would need devices of various platforms/OS like iphone, Android devices, Symbian, J2ME, Windows Mobile, brew, Blackberry and so on. This decision has to taken in consideration observing the market penetration of such such devices in Market, For example android is booming in market so as there devices. For BREW Apps you may take some OMH Handset by which you can just test any application on more than one network like Reliance, TATA without changing the devices. Apart from that I think you can increase your inventory
    as requirements and project comes to you .Every one may have some different target devices for there apps.

    2. Set up for Application Installations:-

    You will need to have set ups for application installation like for BREW Brew apploader which you will get from
    BREW SDK'S.You will need to have emulators also for testing so you will need SDK'S for BREW,J2ME AND SO ON. In case of ios (iphone OS) you will need a Mac Machine for installation of SDKS, to transfer a build on you iphone and so on.


    3. Automation Tools:-

    You will need to know different automation tools for Mobile Apps Testing. You can get info for this from my bog www.mobileappstesting.com.You will have to go for strategy for it is you and customer need to decide whether you want to for automation or not.

    4. Account in RDA'S:-

    It will not be possible to buy each any every device as number of devices is too large.
    Hence you can take help from some Remote Device Access services like Nokia RDA, Samsung RDA' which are free.
    Other wise there are more such services like DeviceAnywhere, Perfectomobile and so On.DeviceAnywhere has automation capability also for Mobile Apps Testing. So it may be good but it is costly.Perfectomobile can also be a good option.


    5. WAP Site testing:-

    As you will be having devices you can take up Mobile WAP site testing along with mobile apps testing too. In this case you will have to use some Mobile web site testing tools like MITE for performance testing.


    6. Apart from that that takes help form sites like admobi which gives market research analysis for popular devices used worldwide and all.
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