Gartner Research

A Guidance Framework for Testing Mobile Applications

Published: 11 February 2016

ID: G00292623

Analyst(s): Sean Kenefick


Delivering high-quality mobile applications requires that organizations have access to a wide array of devices and perform many types of tests. To fulfill these needs, developers and testers must use several different solutions.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Testing Mobile Devices Across the End-to-End Development Life Cycle
  • Step 1: Assess the Mobile Device Testing Platforms
    • Evaluating Solutions for Device Access
  • Step 2. Create a Mobile Testing Plan
    • Development Testing
    • Experiential Testing
    • Specification Testing
    • Nonfunctional Testing
  • Step 3. Choose the Optimal Device Access Alternative for the Different Types of Testing
    • Validation Feeds Verification

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Teams Do Not Fulfill Best Development Practices on Mobile Applications
  • Teams Need a Whole Lot of Mobile Devices for Testing, and They Are Expensive
  • Teams Lack the Expertise to Test Mobile Apps
  • Teams Test the Entire Stack Through Mobile Device Interfaces

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