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How to Test Location-based Mobile Applications?

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We are living in an era of technology. In this modern world, we sleep, eat, drink using technology, and in short, we breathe technology. But the most useful innovation of technology is the mobile phone and mobile applications. Every day there’s something new and trendy in mobile applications. It has become increasingly important for organizations to cope up with the ongoing trends of the market in order to stand up among the competition. Millions and trillions of new mobile applications get launched every day, some become a great hit and attract users’ attention while some fail, and users become irritated. But why does this happen? Have you thought of it as a technopreneur? If not yet, then do think about it before you plan to launch your own mobile application for any specific domain.

The major reason why some apps fail and some become a hit is due to the poor quality of an application (i.e an application crashes anytime a user logs in or a feature is encrypted). This means that quality is no doubt a key player in any mobile application. You need to ensure the safety and security of apps while maintaining the best possible quality. But now you have to decide whether you are willing to compromise quality or not 🤔

One of the major concerns for tech leaders is to ensure the safety and security of location-based apps, that can also be challenging to maintain. In the “Geographic Location” application, the GPS and IP geographic location of the device must be tested. One of the most critical things is the ability to use real equipment to test in many global locations to ensure that the application works in all these remote locations. 

Usually, the quality inspection process for such location-based mobile applications can be divided into several categories:

Usability Testing – Ask yourself a question: is your application friendly or not? Are users able to understand the application with ease? If you want answers to these sorts of questions, try to perform usability testing, it is performed exactly for such types of purposes that help ensure an app is easily understood by users or not. 

Localization Testing – Monitoring location-specific features and parameters is an essential step that can not be avoided at any cost when it comes to testing location-based applications. Are all numbers, dates and time, currency, and other important parameters displayed correctly? It is best to pay attention to these functions as well. Crowd testers can easily and effectively test these functions in the most effective way anywhere in the world.

Geographical Blocking – Certain applications restrict their users from using the application in particular locations. These blocks may have different reasons, such as political reasons, services can only be used in certain countries/regions, and distribution channels are not available in certain countries/regions. This is called “geographic blockade”. Some tests should be performed in these blocked locations to ensure that the application does not work in these locations and restrict user access.

Functionality Testing – Testers must test all the basic variants of Geographical applications. This may include responsiveness, user interface, screen size and orientation, and other variants. You can achieve such testing using open source & free tools such as Appium and TestProject. Specifically for location-based mobile apps, TestProject shared an open source Geolocation Utils Addon that provides actions to set a mock location to test how your app will work in different locations.

The Strength of Signals – It is a supplementary feature and may not be able to be tested in several types of applications. Even though it is vital for the development of a successful location-based solution.

Airplane Mode and Networks – For location-based mobile applications, it is significant to test the performance of multiple networks (Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE, etc.). In addition, it is very much important to check out the application operationality in the airplane mode and to create specific test cases for original users in designated geographic locations to use these settings to test performance.

Crowd Testing – This type of testing is the proven effective method of testing location-based mobile applications. Crowd testing provides you access to real users, using real devices, anywhere in the world to make sure your location-based app is doing what is supposed to do.

Conclusion

Since mobile applications prove to provide a major chunk of the revenue for organizations, it is highly recommended for organizations that are planning to launch their location-based application to maintain its security and safety while enhancing the application quality 🚀

Ray Parker

About the author

Ray Parker

As a Senior Marketing Consultant at Kualitee, and Kualitee is the product of Kualitatem. Ray Parker loves to write tech-related news, articles, specifically quality assurance and information security. Apart from his techie appearance, he enjoys soccer, reading mysteries, and spending long hours working over at the New York office.

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