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When developing apps for smart devices, thorough and accurate testing is crucial. If you bring an app to market that hasn’t been adequately tested, this could spell certain doom! Be smart about your app development, and read up on these 10 best practices by author Daniel Knott for mobile app testing. Here are some best practices highlights from the team at USAWeb:

Know Your Customers: In order to test accurately, you need to understand what your target market looks like and what you can expect out of usage patterns. This means getting a clear picture of user demographics, including – age, gender, monthly income, mobile habits, and geographical location.

Create Device Groups: Create different test groups based on your customer knowledge. Based on usage trends in different groups (for example A, B, C) mobile app testers can gain insights on how particular features might run or be used by different device groups.

Don’t forget about standard testing methods: Non-functional and functional testing practices from Web or desktop applications (such as boundary values, equivalence classes, and acceptance criteria) are still very relevant for mobile development. This means you can probably leverage your existing development team (if you have one) for mobile development.

Test updates and install/uninstall: Before submitting a mobile app for publication, you must thoroughly test updates, installations, and uninstall – to make sure that your system doesn’t crash at any point.

Test against hardware features: This comes into play when building native apps (or an application built for a particular platform, such as iOS or Android). Make sure to test your sensors to see how they respond to different test scenarios. Depending on your app, this could include: Ambient light sensors, acceleration sensors, and location sensors.

Mobile app testing can take time and a lot of effort from your team — but trust us, proper testing makes all the difference in the world.