A great revolution in IT industry is experienced with the emerging demands and use of android phones. During past 3 years more than 3 million applications have been developed that are downloaded 10.8 billion times. With the blooming start of 2014, 76.9 billion global downloads are expected. Android applications are popular and initially intended for entertainment purpose, but the overwhelming response of users have made these applications to push the boundaries and touch more complicated domains such as NFC or SQUARE. Android applications are different from traditional ones and its software testing is also different from traditional application testing. Here, we want to explore implication of android application peculiarities to software testing.
Mobile connectivity is an important factor, which depends and varies with network speed, reliability and security. For functional testing of android application, it has to be done with various scenarios and networks that perform with the proper functioning and speed of connections like Wi-Fi, 3G or Bluetooth.
Android applications require different sort of energy consumption like continuous 200 hours stand-by autonomy. Likewise, noticed with iPhone 4S, which needs 9 hours Wi-Fi connections and 6 hours 3G connectivity that strongly, influence device autonomy. Continuous monitoring and testing is compulsory, that becomes challenging with such rigid requirements.
Diverse Phones and Phone Makers
Today, hundreds of companies are making hundred types of phones with varied software and hardware elements. Product line testing gets more challenging with such variations in a way that android application behaves differently with diverse hardware or O.S. Components. It is mainly because sensors are calibrated differently, so while running same application on two different phones, functionality is computed differently.
Context awareness is another factor that could impose android application testing challenge because the functionality of the application depends upon the environment in which it is tested. Mostly, it is a challenging situation for the developers and professionals to ensure the setting of correct environment as presence of perfect environment is necessary otherwise testing can result on combinatorial explosion.
New Mobile Programming Languages
Traditional testing structure is not familiar with new mobile programming languages. Thus, professionals find it challenging to revise testing techniques and bytecode tools to make it with new mobile programming language. Research and new tools are required to bridge the gap and keep control on data flow graphs. Till then JaBUTi/ME is proposed as a solution.
These are some of the challenges takes place during Android Application software testing, which requires cost effective and authentic solutions. That might include out-sourcing, cloud and or crow-based testing. It is expected that companies might start offering services for reliable mobile application testing.
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