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How to Perform Mobile Interruption Testing

12-Sep-2016

How to Perform Mobile Interruption Testing

Due to advancements in mobile technology, over six billion users are turning to smartphones. Today every smartphone release with plenty of new features. Undoubtedly, we have access to top-notch smart devices, plenty of mobile software products, and numerous applications for personal computers, and these apps are easy to run on almost every mobile phone, tablet, and smartphones.   

However, when it comes to making an important call, attending a meeting, or adding payment details, these apps get easy to crash, freeze, and give so many distractions to users and give them a poor app experience. To address this problem, the Software Testing Company has introduced interruption testing because it is similar to any mobile application testing, stand-alone, and web testing and ensures that the application will behave as intended in the presence of various interruptions.   

Let’s check what interruption testing is, what interruption testing challenges are, and how you can perform mobile interruption testing.   

Understanding Mobile Application Load Testing & Interruption Testing 

Mobile application testing for performance testing is not similar as traditional performance testing. Mobile is a whole new thing and the testing necessities for all features are much sharper due to the unpredictability. 

The aim of load testing is to decide whether the application can maintain the required number of users with acceptable response times. The purpose of this testing is normalizing the maximum load of real-time users an application can bear before suffering from system failure while the objective of stress testing is to authorize an application’s dependability and constancy over a comprehensive period of time. 

We need to recognize variations in delays in delivery of messages, application crashes, streaming resource-intensive packets and response times etc. on the server-side. We need to report the usual inconsistency of application behavior on various handsets and platforms, CPU consumption and memory, battery issues and loading speed. 

On top of that, Interruption testing is a process to imitate unexpected interrupt to the application. This can be attained by various techniques and ways depending on the application under test. 

Challenges in Interruption Testing   

Various challenges occur while performing interruption testing. For example, it is not necessary to perform interruption testing for most applications because it is new to the mobile testing sphere. Similarly, many companies are still working on the development of interruption testing tools, so you may have to perform some operations manually, which is a very time-consuming and complicated process.   

Moreover, there are numerous operating systems of an application such as Android, Windows, iOS, etc. Therefore, while operating mobile interruption testing, you must have technical knowledge of these operating systems. Also, you must know how to test the application on different devices like iPad or tablets or how to make the device compatible according to different operating systems, versions, and platforms.   

Besides, due to the availability of a large number of networks, it is crucial for designers or testers to cover the various scenarios for interruption testing while interfering with the application running program with the help of the outer call. At this point, if you don’t have expertise in interrupt testing and don’t know how to perform testing with a lot of networks, it would be difficult for you to achieve the desired outcome.   

To help you avoid this situation, BugRaptors have made a unique approach for network dependency and promise to deliver huge coverage for all scenarios by focusing on different networks like mobile data, Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G. Besides, when it comes to resolving replication issues in the mobile application, we concentrate on a particular area and perform functional testing to ensure that your mobile application will work perfectly even any notifications, calls, or messages try to interrupt the app.   

The Process for Mobile Interruption Testing  

Before knowing the process for Mobile Interruption Testing, you must discover the most common types of interruption in the mobile application below:  

  • Batter Full when Charging  

  • Battery Low  

  • Battery Removal   

  • Incoming and Outcoming SMS and MMS  

  • Incoming & Outgoing Phone Calls  

  • Device Shut Off   

  • Plugged in for Charging   

  • Plugged Out for Charging   

  • Incoming Alerts/Notifications from another mobile apps  

  • Application Update Reminders  

  • Alarm  

  • Network Connection Restoration   

  • Network Connection Loss   

  • USB Cable Insertion and Removal for Data Transfer  

  • Medica Player On/OFF  

So, these are some interruptions, and these are some factors that you need to check throughout mobile interruption testing. Now, what is the process of Mobile Interruption Testing?  

In order to understand the process of interruption testing for mobile applications, you must have a detailed knowledge of Functional Testing because interrupt testing is basically a subset of mobile app functional testing, and the process of testing will remain the same, which means before conducting Interrupt Testing, you must have Top Mobile Application Test Frameworks and Tools.  

Since, according to the Software Testing Company, these interruptions happen due to the deficiency of resources on the device and make it challenging for you to run one application on multiple platforms.  

Thus, always have a strong skillset before testing because it will help you design test cases for mobile interrupt testing and perform accurate execution. Similarly, you must have a comprehensive knowledge of performance and load testing to improve the performance of your mobile software product and eliminate glitches that hamper the functioning of your app.  

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Perform Load or Performance Testing to Handle Interruptions.  

If you want to improve the performance of your application, you should test your mobile application based on various mobile devices: iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Android, etc. Though, it's the main point that helps you simulate mobile network speeds of mobile standards: EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, UMTS (3G), LTE, and HSPA+ and help you know how the app will perform while using different networks and devices. Besides, always select the right automation testing tool whenever you decide to perform a test as it ensures the success of the mobile application testing program and makes sure that -  

 a) The tool will support all desired platforms.  

 b) The tool will support the testing of various resolutions, input mechanisms, and screen types.  

 c) The tool should be able to connect to the external system to perform end-to-end testing.  

d) The tool will allow you to use the weighted device platform matrix method to recognize the most critical platform combination/ hardware to test.  

e) The tool should be able to heck end-to-end functional flow in all possible platforms at least once.  

f) The tool should be compatible for conducting UI testing, performance testing, and compatibility testing using actual devices.  

g) It should be able to enable your performance evaluation under actual user load and wireless traffic situations because mobile devices usually access the network with lower bandwidth. Consequently, setting the right bandwidth is necessary to simulate mobile traffic in real-time. 

Interruption Testing Tools   

 Below are some tools that you can look forward to automating your interruption testing  

  • MAutomate  

  • The Monkey  

  • UI AutoMonkey   

MAutomate 

MAutomate is one of the Best Automation Testing solutions that you can consider for your mobile app testing as you need to record your test cases once. After that, it helps you to execute those test cases anywhere and anytime.   

The Monkey   

The Monkey is a command-line tool for events generation, and one can use it for interruption testing. It helps reduce the time required to conduct testing and ensures to give accurate, effective, and bug-free experiences. 

UI AutoMonkey   

UI AutoMonkey is an easy-to-use stress testing tool that you can use to test interruption of iOS applications.   

The Crux: Is Interrupt Testing the same as Recovery Testing?  

Nope, the interruption testing is not the same as the recovery testing because the purpose of the recovery test is to confirm how well the application will recover from failures, crashes, hardware issues, and other similar problems. On the flip side, interrupt/interruption testing is not exactly a failure. It is a mere disturbance, or it is like the difference between a period and a comma in English, but technically. I hope you may understand what I am trying to convey here.    

So, are you ready to perform mobile interruption testing? BugRaptors offers the Best Interruption Testing Services for all mobile applications – healthcare, retail, eCommerce, education, transport, and many more. We have more than 5 years of expertise in Mobile App Testing Services and ensure to provide you a satisfactory mobile app experience. Let us know your details before starting your first project with us. Contact us 

author

Amit Rajput

Amit works as a Senior Performance Test Engineer and has conducted load/ performance test executions for various mobile, web and client server applications. He has good analytical skills of system performance and behavior.

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