Device Testing vs. App Testing: Choosing the Right Tool for the Right Job

testingWhen it comes to mobile app testing, it’s critical to use the right tool for the right job. That’s especially true when you’re considering which strategies to use for device testing vs. app testing.

Mobile device testing is important in a limited number of test cases. For example, you will want to test to ensure your app responds properly to a location services prompt of the operating system.

Driving Device Functions

Device control apps enable you to remotely view and interact with the device as though it were in your hands. This includes the ability to wake the device and enter a pass code. You can also access all apps and functions, including messages, calendars, photos and settings.

As a result, you can make sure your mobile app works properly with device functions such as the phone dealer or built-in messaging apps.

Such tests require access to the device home screen and other phone or tablet functions and automation to drive the simple user interface of the device’s built-in apps.

With remote device management solutions, you can remotely access and manipulate a device to perform functions that go beyond the scope of the app, such as pressing the home button or deleting an app.

Taking App Testing Up a Notch

On the other hand, mobile app testing takes testing to another level of seriousness – beyond ringtones, messaging functions and location services. When it comes right down to it, what’s most important is whether customers can use your mobile app for the purpose it was intended – whether that’s using the app to make a hotel reservation or checking to see what items you have in inventory.

Mobile app testing focuses on whether the app actually works. It validates the core business logic of your application, which helps your organization be more competitive and ensures customers are happy.

That’s where object-based instrumentation tools come in. These tools give you a full view of the device and full control of the app.

With an instrumentation approach using an object repository, testers can also manage objects all in one location. So your mobile testing software would automatically recognize the objects, which will make code changes or script updates unnecessary in many cases.

Your Mobile App Testing Arsenal

When it’s time to choose your automated testing tools, it shouldn’t be a matter of choosing between device testing vs. mobile app testing. Both should be part of your mobile application testing arsenal. Make sure your tool set allows your testers to perform both, and you’ll ensure you always have the right tool for the right job.


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