Compatibility testing helps ensure that after the release an app will operate correctly on the various gadgets, platforms, and computing environments. It predicts the vulnerabilities which are related to the different screen resolutions, browser characteristics, and technology peculiarities. This way, when users install your app on their devices, it should operate seamlessly and provide excellent user experience.
In this article, we highlight the importance of compatibility testing and aim to share with you the most frequent tips we use ourselves in our daily work. These tips are quite general, however, their usage can help you to boost your application quality. It predicts dangerous risks related to inaccuracies between some types of hardware and your software.
Compatibility Testing & Quality Assurance
The problems associated with the conflict between applications and hardware can severely influence the future popularity of the program and decrease user loyalty as well. Implementing compatibility testing to the QA strategy, testers predict serious risks related to the bugs in a program interface, performance, and incorrect application functionality. Consequently, compatibility testing assures the following results:
- A program functionalities will not change depending on devices and will correspond to the initial requirements;
- The program interface will not crash because of different devices screens resolutions;
- Compatibility testing helps to accommodate some particular features of an app depending on the devices it will work on.
However, compatibility testing helps businesses to avoid unexpected financial risks and those which can influence a company reputation.
Don’t Keep Compatibility Testing At The End
The sooner you will define the set of environments and platforms the application is required to work on, the easier it will be to apply other types of testing. Compatibility testing helps testers to pay attention to the functional peculiarities of an application, thereby predicting large functional problems in the future. The faster you understand on which devices your application is buggy, the more resources, money, and time you will save in the end.
Understand The Technology You Work With
When QAs know particular qualities of programming languages, platforms, browsers, as well as the characteristics of devices they work with, eventually, it will help them to check a product more carefully. It can help to avoid some misunderstandings between QAs and developers, and as a result, will save your time and increase the general productivity of the development team.
It is also good if your QA service provider has a fully equipped testing laboratory with those necessary devices on which the application will work in the future. At TestFort, we have more than 250 physical devices for such purposes, therefore, we are able to test your application completely and ensure that your program is compatible with all the required hardware and operating systems.
Focus On Your Target Audience
it’s important to decide which audience your application will be developed for. For example, if your program is targeted to users of Apple products, it will be more reasonable to focus your testing for these type of devices. It also works for owners of other platforms. Understanding for whom you are developing your product will help you properly focus your efforts and the efforts of your QA team.
We also recommend you to follow the 80/20 principle while developing your application. It means that focusing 80% of efforts on an application main functionality can increase chances that it will work seamlessly and without bugs after it will go into production. At the first stages of development, you can also develop MVP prototype(Minimum Viable Product) and then explore the first users’ reactions towards its functionality.
Think About Usability And Friendly Interfaces
The visual appearance of a program is one of the main points testers need to pay attention to while performing compatibility testing. The program’s interface and graphic elements should be of the same impeccable quality for owners of different types of devices. Eventually, it will affect the user experience. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to the following points:
- Changes in UI and font size
- Changes in CSS and color
- The correct display of content blocks
- Scrollbar related issues
- Broken tables or frames
Even the smallest errors in a program interface can negatively affect how your product will be perceived on the market. Therefore, compatibility testing helps to predict problems related to the interface bugs.
At TestFort, we handle every type of testing with great responsibility. We make sure that at each stage of software development, your product will meet its initial requirements as well as your expectations. We can find even the smallest bugs, and provide our clients with detailed documentation and recommendations on how to fix these errors in the most suitable way. Contact us, our team of QA experts is ready to help your business to reach better results on the market.