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Mobile VS Web Application Testing

Application Testing, as well as Mobile Quality Assurance Testing, means testing the two different versions of the same software that is adapted for mobile devices and desktops. If you are using a particular application on your phone, for instance, Best Buy, it is known as a mobile app. But when you use it on a desktop or laptop and open the same in the browser, you are accessing Best Buy a website application.

Therefore, we can say that both apps function the same way and are quite like each other. However, the testing process from each other because of different features and specifications.

Difference between Mobile Applications and Website Application Testing:

  • Limited Storage Capacity:

Because mobile phones have relatively smaller RAM 8 GB or less and hard disk space of 256 GB maximum as compared to enormous storage, 2TB and memory space of 64 GB in desktops and laptops, this can create serious limitations and challenges in front of the developers and Software App Testing Company while Testing.

  • Different Interaction and Interface:

When it comes to computers or laptops, the only way to interact with an app is via mouse, keyboard, and nowadays touch screen on selected laptop models. The mobile applications interact in several ways from random scrolling, sensory actions, and hand gestures to voice control interactions and commands for various iOS or Android apps. Mobile testing uses high-end automation tools and techniques for effective Software and application Testing.

Websites and mobile applications function differently on different platforms and devices. On desktops, laptops, and web browsers play a crucial role; while on phones, it is an operating system i.e., Android or iOS that plays a significant role in providing the specific platform for testing.

Testing methodology differs from each other for both mobile and website applications, as we have previously discussed. Testing of a mobile app is done at the very beginning i.e., during the development phase, whereas website testing is carried out throughout the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC).

  • Type of Application:

The development of Website Application Testing is done with the help of JavaScript, CSS, and HTML which are quite easy to perform. The mobile applications are a bit challenging to develop with the use of native Java or Objective-C and hybrid apps. Hence, the testing can be different for both.

  • Web Integration with other Browsers

To make the web application more interactive and user-friendly, developers integrate it with other browsers like Chrome or add-ons in Firefox, etc. For Mobile Applications, there are separate SDKs for each mobile OS to help developers integrate their apps with them.

Mobile Application Testing Tools are quite different from website applications because Mobile App testing requires Emulators or Simulators that provide an exact environment of mobile devices on your PC. There are no limitations in Website application testing because it can be tested on any browser.

  • Battery Life:

It is vital to understand how an application uses the resources of the device it’s being tested on. While Desktops are always connected to power, mobile phones have comparatively higher battery life as compared to laptops. Device users always pay attention to what apps drain a mobile phone’s battery such as online games like Minecraft and Roblox. If the mobile is in low power mode, various apps can fail to load or open.

· Internet Connection:

Without the internet connection, your desktop or laptop app would stop running. While this is mostly true for mobile applications, there are some mobile apps that can run offline too. Like some gaming apps, photo editing apps, document editors, scanners, video makers, etc. So, while testing a mobile app, Mobile Testing Service providers switch between online and offline modes to check how the apps behave in both scenarios.

  • Source of Data:

Since the website applications are developed using HTML and JavaScript, they can easily connect to all kinds of databases. But when it comes to mobile apps, developers face challenges in accessing different types of data sources including cloud-based or local-based relational or nonrelational databases that are inaccessible for Website Applications.

  • Testing Full Browser Compatibility:

The Website Application Testing Service providers ensure the full compatibility of all browsers where testing is done under different OS like Windows, Linux, etc. on both desktops and laptops. On the other hand, Mobile App Development testing is more specific to Android or iOS on various mobile devices which are quite huge in number.

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