6 Challenges of Hybrid Application Testing and How To Overcome Them
Hybrid Applications are currently among the most popular choice of mobile app development among businesses and companies and because of their state-of-the-art features, they are highly preferred by the users as well. They perfectly address the needs of modern users and deliver what is expected of them and beyond. Hybrid applications are comparatively more convenient to build than apps built by other approaches.
One of the main reasons why they are a part of an upward trend is because of their ability to be scaled to various operating systems and platforms. However, this quality of hybrid apps makes them naturally a little trickier to test. If these applications are not built using a unified code, they will require unique test cases for automation and manual testing.
Here we have presented a list of testing challenges with hybrid apps and how to overcome them.
Accurate syncing might be a major concern for hybrid apps considering some of the data is hosted on local files and some on the servers. To deal with testing issues related to data syncing, the testers must check if the app is pulling the right kind of information for each function.
For all major functions of an app, the notification process needs to be tested. For example, if the user is logged into their desktop for a particular app, they will likely not want to receive notifications on their phone about the responses they are reading in real-time. Similarly, there are other issues related to the notification of hybrid applications that need to be addressed to ensure a seamless experience for users. The testers will be required to understand the needs of notifications and how they will be synchronised for mobile and laptops.
Integration with Outside Applications
Integration could be a major concern for customers, especially for B2B products. However, it still remains one of the most important aspects of app development. Integrating your application with major email providers and social media networks, along with integrating the desktop apps with their own web app counterparts’ API and also with the APIs of external apps is a necessity for hybrid applications. To verify the integrations, the testers at Atimi Hybrid App Development Company can run the tasks that result in some action in an external app with which they are integrated.
Device and Desktop Security
Hybrid applications are also preferred for their enhanced safety feature as the internet could be highly insecure for applications and their data. Users do not risk losing their data or device security while operating hybrid applications. To test the security of applications, along with risk analysis, attempted attacks should also be done.
If your application has a connectivity issue, then it will most likely have problems with data syncing, offline storage, and notifications as well. The main focus while enabling offline functionality is to determine and understand what needs do users have for it and how you can support it and make your application deliver those needs. To test the application based on their connectivity, the app needs to be tested in 4G, 3G, WiFi, and offline environments depending on the operating platforms for hybrid apps.
As users switch from one platform to another while using the application, there could be shifts in the UX of different platforms. The application for the desktop could pull the functions from the mobile app and this could make a difference in appearance. The tester will be required to validate the intuitiveness of the navigation by exploring each platform within its own context. The tester will also need to examine how the designs are different when compared.
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