In the past few years, it seems like nearly every desktop website is moving more and more towards mobile devices. Most people do all of their web browsing and communicating on their mobile devices. This is why there has been such a big push by many to take their marketing efforts and put them into innovative mobile apps.
In order to make sure that the app being developed will work, a variety of different test will need to be ran. Here are a few of the secrets that you may uncover when conducting Mobile app development testing.
1. The Paper Test
One of the first things you can try to do is prepare a paper mockup to get an idea of the overall app. If you have an app that will require scrolling, then you will need to make individual mock ups for each page to see how well it flows.
2. Know the App Recorders Limitations
When trying to beta test your app, you will usually use one of the various app recorders on the market. You need to be aware that some app recorders will not keep and store user gestures or swipes. If needed, you can find various aftermarket recorders that will allow you to track this data.
3. The Sled System
The system that you will use to layout your app or the SLED system, will need to be chosen very carefully. You want to choose a system that has a variety of options, but will not slow down the experience for the user. You should also make sure that the system will be able to accommodate a variety of screen sizes so you can accommodate a number of users.
4. Angled Arms
When recording for your apps, you need to do it on a table and have the camera facing up at you. This will allow for angled arms, which is the most preferable position for a user to operate the app.
5. The Context Issue
One of the most common mistakes that a person will make when testing an app is putting too much value on the context. In most cases, the times that a person uses an app will vary and trying to keep up with it can become a bit overwhelming.
6. Simulate the Environment
Another thing to consider when trying to test your app is to simulate the environment of your users. Usually, this will be a living room and by simulating it you can adjust lighting and other factors based on how they look in the environment.
7. Utilize Recording Technology
In order to get an adequate assessment during Mobile app development, you will need to use recording technology. This technology will allow you to get a feel for what a user will encounter with your app. By looking at the data, you can create a user friendly app that is widely received.
8. System Specific Tools
If you are creating an app for an Android device, then you will need to only use tools geared to this platform. Trying to use other types of system tools will only lead to confusion and unresponsive apps.
9. Usability over Trends
Another thing to consider when trying to test your app is that usability trumps trends and technology any day. It doesn’t matter how many bells and whistles your app has, if it is confusing to use it will not garner you any success.
By making testing a part of your Mobile app development, you will be able to get a feel for how the user experience and make changes accordingly.
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