Mobile application testing in industrial contexts: an exploratory multiple case-study

Samer Zein, Norsaremah Salleh, John Grundy

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Recent empirical studies in the area of mobile application testing indicate the need for specific testing techniques and methods for mobile applications. This is due to mobile applications being significantly different than traditional web and desktop applications, particularly in terms of the physical constraints of mobile devices and the very different features of their operating systems. In this paper, we presented a multiple case-study involving four software development companies in the area of mobile and smartphones application. We aimed to identify testing techniques currently being applied by developers and challenges that they are facing. Our principle results are that many industrial teams seem to lack sufficient knowledge on how to test mobile applications, particularly in the areas of mobile application life-cycle conformance, context-awareness, and integration testing. We also found that there is no formal testing approach or methodology that can facilitate a development team to systematically test a critical mobile application.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Software Methodologies, Tools and Techniques
Subtitle of host publication14th International Conference, SoMeT 2015 Naples, Italy, September 15–17, 2015 Proceedings
EditorsHamido Fujita, Guido Guizzi
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319226897
ISBN (Print)9783319226880
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on New Trends in Intelligent Software Methodology, Tools, and Techniques 2015 - Naples, Italy
Duration: 15 Sep 201517 Sep 2015
Conference number: 14th

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


ConferenceInternational Conference on New Trends in Intelligent Software Methodology, Tools, and Techniques 2015
Abbreviated titleSoMeT 2015
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  • Case study
  • Mobile applications
  • Software testing

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