How to Test Location-Based Mobile Services?

How to Test Location-Based Mobile Services?
June 08 08:20 2016 Print This Article

Even an experienced mobile software tester may get confused when having to test location-based apps.

This activity needs a lot of concentration and effort to put in. Effective functional testing, especially checking of location-related functionalities, can be critically important for the overall success of an app.

What Are the Recommendations for Efficient Location-Based Testing?

  • First and foremost, you need to check the location’s precision during mobile application testing. Even a slight deviation in accuracy may smudge the reputation of a software testing company.
  • Be sure to check the app’s operation in the airplane mode. This requirement is familiar to all mobile testing specialists.
  • Test the location-related features against different networks (Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE, etc.).
  • A modern software testing lab may even suggest testing an app on locations with different signal levels. Among such locations can be mall, moving vehicle, underground walkway, etc.
  • Use specialized tools to simulate different locations.
  • Verify the operation of the location-based functionality not only in the quiescent state but also on the go.
  • Make sure that the location-related features work properly during incoming calls, loss of signal and other interruptions.
  • When testing the location-based functionality, keep a wary eye on a power consumption level.

Each tester may add more and more checks to this list in the process of gaining new experiences and knowledge. Only in such a case, he will perform efficient software testing.

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