Access to Web applications using hand-held devices is becoming a necessity for gathering information, conducting transactions, and interacting with people, and other information systems. However, developing and deploying Web applications on mobile devices is not straightforward as it might sound. Web pages and applications for mobile environments pose certain unique requirements and challenges, compared to their desktop versions, which primarily arise from small size of the devices, limited input and interaction capabilities, slower communication, and need for tailored content depending on the dynamic context of use. Successful development and deployment of mobile Web applications calls for a better understanding of these requirements and challenges.

Typical Challenges in Testing mobile Applications include

Diversity of the Device Environment Hardware Configuration & Network
Rendering of images and positioning of elements on the screen may be unsuitable in some devices due to the difference in display sizes across mobile devices and models. Exhaustive testing of user interfaces is necessary to ensure compatibility of the application.

Mobile devices have different application runtimes. Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW), Java, and embedded visual basic runtime are just some of the runtimes commonly available in mobile devices. Applications should be tested exhaustively for the variations specific to runtime.

Limitations in processing speed and memory size of mobile devices lead to variations in performance of applications across different types of devices. Testing programs should ensure that the applications deliver optimum performance for all desired configurations of hardware.

Some devices communicate through WAP while some others use HTTP to communicate. Applications should be tested for their compatibility with WAP-enabled as well as HTTP-enabled devices.

Network latency (time taken for data transfer) will be unpredictable when applications communicate over network boundaries, leading to inconsistent data transfer speeds. Testing should measure the performance of applications for various network bandwidths.

Crestech mobile application testing services are based on our methodologies Mobo-Sure™ and Logo-Sure™ that have been devised keeping in mind the increased challenges and complexities encountered by developers while testing mobile solutions with characteristics unique to the mobile paradigm.

Testing Services Platforms Our Methodology
Logo Certification testing
Device Compatibility Testing
Mobile content Testing
 iPhone, Windows Mobile 5 and 6, Symbian, Blackberry, Android, J2ME Mobo-Sure™

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