A systematic mapping study of mobile application testing techniques

Samer Zein, Norsaremah Salleh, John Grundy

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The importance of mobile application specific testing techniques and methods has been attracting much attention of software engineers over the past few years. This is due to the fact that mobile applications are different than traditional web and desktop applications, and more and more they are moving to being used in critical domains. Mobile applications require a different approach to application quality and dependability and require an effective testing approach to build high quality and more reliable software. We performed a systematic mapping study to categorize and to structure the research evidence that has been published in the area of mobile application testing techniques and challenges that they have reported. Seventy nine (79) empirical studies are mapped to a classification schema. Several research gaps are identified and specific key testing issues for practitioners are identified: there is a need for eliciting testing requirements early during development process; the need to conduct research in real-world development environments; specific testing techniques targeting application life-cycle conformance and mobile services testing; and comparative studies for security and usability testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-356
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Systems and Software
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Mobile application testing
  • Software testing
  • Systematic mapping

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