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7 Reasons Why You Should Go For Cloud Based Mobile Application Testing

Written by  Ritu Saxena | 27 April 2012
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mobile testingTesting of an application on mobile itself represents a specialized topic and requires specialist skills and instincts to test. When compared to web it poses tremendous complexity for teams to test on wide choice of platforms, devices, OS, mobile browsers, carriers and different geographical locations.

Given the lack of standardization and the extremely dynamic nature of the mobile market the ability to quickly and cost-effectively respond to rapidly changing market developments is a major challenge. Cloud based mobile application testing helps meet out this challenge effortlessly.

Here are some reasons why it is a good idea to opt for cloud based mobile application testing

  1. Testing on Real Devices

The emulators typically cannot emulate: actual network speed and availability, actual device specific content-rendering speed, memory limitation, cache size, CPU speed, and stack size. To accurately test an application real devices are needed. And this testing on real device can be done easily on the cloud without much less investment. There are devices with varying form factor, resolution available to choose from.

  1. Testing on Heterogeneous Mobile Platforms

These days a lot of cross platform solutions are available so an application can be created simultaneously for all available mobile platforms and that becomes necessary to sustain business in mobile application domain. This too is made possible easily though a cloud based solution. You get access to in-numerable handsets based on different mobile platforms to carry out testing. Analysis of the results thus obtained ensures that the application is running as expected, meeting out the set performance benchmarks across all mobile platforms.

  1. Testing on Heterogeneous Mobile Networks

It is not possible for a single organization to test their applications across different mobile operators. Sitting at their desktops now testers can test the application on networks of varying strength, type and speed.

  1. Globalization Testing Possible

The applications today are designed for a global audience. The solution being on the cloud is dispersed. It gives you flexibility to test an application across different geographies in the native languages of those geographies.

  1. Quick Sharing and Collaboration

On the cloud testing is done using a centralized device lad and test script management.So even if the teams are distributed real time sharing and collaboration is not difficult at

  1. Less Investment Assured Returns

Without investing huge sums on mobile handsets, network simulators etc which get outdated in a few months and impending maintenance overheads of the equipments comprehensive testing can be done. Open APIs, such as REST, can be used to facilitate integration within the enterprise IT environment, both saving integration costs and preserving current IT investments. Using these APIs, the handset cloud can be integrated with the enterprise's ALM and other IT platforms

  1. Flexible Charges of Use

Scale up and Scale down when required. Enterprises can adopt according to the changing conditions. You can choose a Private Mobile Cloud solution which can be owned to provide dedicated services or a Public Mobile Cloud Solution which can be shared. A Single Platform cloud that hosts only a single platform based devices or a Full Mobile Cloud which hosts devices from all the platforms. So you can pay as you use.


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Ritu Saxena

Ritu Saxena

Ritu is the technical brain behind the website and comes from a strong development background across Web and Mobile platforms. She is our senior editor primarily responsible for Product Reviews and in future will be leading Start-Ups, Mobile and Quality areas.

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