With every new release, smartphones are adding new features to their reservoirs. While the apps are doing what they do best, any distraction from their regular functions can lead to an interruption.
Mobile Interruption Testing
Advancements in mobile technology are making our smartphones more intelligent. With every new release, smartphones are adding new features to their reservoirs – they are now our shopping cart, grocer, bank, teachers, doctors, and much more.
While the apps are doing what they do best, any distraction from their regular functions can lead to an interruption. A few examples of the interruptions include:
What is Interruption Testing?
Interrupt Testing is the evaluation of the application behavior during various types of interruptions. The anticipated behavior of an application should be to come out clean of the interruption and resume the task. However, the actual behavior of the application depends on the following factors:
- Type of
- Whether the application is standalone
- Device settings
- External hardware attached to the device
- Current network situation
These factors pose numerous challenges for QA engineers who analyze the application for interruptions such as coverage on a broad range of operating systems, screen sizes, and diverse network availability.
Monetarily, interruptions can cost more if not performed on AUT, than the money saved if not performed at all. Unfortunately, interruption testing is not implemented for most applications since it is new to the mobile testing sphere and its testing tools are still evolving.
How to Perform Mobile Interruption Testing?
Interrupt testing can be segregated into three fundamental brackets:
Covers verifications related to the built-in features of the device being tested such as - device locking, alarms, volume, shutdown, restart, headphones, and battery.
An amalgamation of functionality of the application and device - includes areas such as notifications, messages, calls, and device orientation.
Requires holistic coverage of all scenarios with various networks such as 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G with both mobile data and Wi-Fi.
The above list is not exhaustive - interruption testing requires intricate test scenarios verification in mobile application.
A few tools to automate interruption testing scenarios are:
- mAutomate: You can record your test cases once and execute them later.
- UI AutoMonkey: This is a script for stress testing and interruption testing of iOS applications.
- The Monkey: A command-line tool that can generate events and interrupts and pushes to the app for testing
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