Mobile testing services are different from traditional application testing with additional complexity, such as the testing of multiplatform, networks, multiple operating systems (OSs) as well as different devices. These services are needed to test the function, performance, compatibility and other details of a mobile application, using both manual and automated tests. While the testing this market refers to is that of applications residing on mobile handheld devices, the testing must also take into account the data being gathered or supplied to embedded devices and sensors with the Internet of Things (IoT) becoming more prominent. User experience is key in mobility by creating unique requirements for the testing process. With digital business and customer experience, applications and data are increasingly available and visible to external constituents — especially customers. Thus, quality, reliability, security, and adaptability needed for external use of systems are far beyond internal usage.
The software test automation market offers tools, technologies, components and services that together constitute the critical elements of automated testing. It includes tools for performing static code analysis, functional testing, and load and performance testing in an automated way. These tools enable an organization to design, develop, maintain, manage, execute and analyze automated tests for applications running on different platforms (including desktop, web, mobile and server). They can run automated tests by driving the user interface (UI) of an application (known as UI test automation), or interact with the application through an application programming interface (API test automation) or communication protocol.