Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mobile device testing

If you've ever wondered about some of the problems with testing mobile applications development, then you might want to check out this article. It contains eight lessons for developers of mobile applications.Some may seem self evident (like "Expect Users to make mistakes") but its amazing how easy it is to overlook them in the heat of development.

My favourite is No 1 - Focus on User Experience. Its clear that smartphones have become mobile computing devices and are increasingly used like this. What is often overlooked is that the smaller screen size especially the small screens of some smartphones like the Blackberry mean that the applications can't be laid out as they are for web applications.

Testing the user experience (often called the customer experience for m-commerce applications) is key to ensuring that the mobile application is a success. And as the different mobile devices are running different operating platforms this means testing on a range of mobile devices.