Mobile Application Testing Tools

The emergence of the modern mobile app market has created a lucrative opportunity for various support services, with app testing tools being among the most prominent ones. It is important to understand that this market shouldn't be seen as a naturally evolved extension to the traditional software testing space, since it has been driven predominantly by start-ups whose solutions have been designed ground-up for the mobile environment.

 

What makes the testing of mobile applications more complex than the testing of computer software, as well as desktop websites, is the sheer complexity of the environment. Mobile handsets and tablets represent an extremely diverse pool of devices, which translates into a high number of variables that may affect the installed application’s performance. Another aspect that sets mobile app testing apart from traditional testing is the dynamics of app distribution, with its low barriers to entry and the intensely competitive market environment, which means that there is generally far less tolerance for poor first impressions.

This study analyzes the key drivers and fundamentals of mobile app testing, and includes also a set of five-year forecasts on the market's revenue base. These revenue forecasts are broken-down by client vertical, geographic region testing segment (manual vs. automated), and type of testable application (external vs. internal). Moreover, ABI Research assesses the industry's competitive outlook.

Table of Contents

  • 1. MOBILE TESTING IS MORE COMPLEX THAN TRADITIONAL TESTING
    • 1.1. What Makes App Testing So Important
    • 1.2. Manual and Automated Testing
    • 1.3. Android Fragmentation
  • 2. TEST AUTOMATION, INTERNAL APPS SET TO GROW IN PROMINENCE
    • 2.1. Methodology, Definitions, and Assumptions
      • 2.1.1. Methodology
      • 2.1.2. Definitions
      • 2.1.3. Assumptions
    • 2.2. Market Forecast by Client Vertical
    • 2.3. Market Forecast by Geographic Region
    • 2.4. Market Forecast by Testing Segment
    • 2.5. Market Forecast by Type of Application
  • 3. WINNERS AND LOSERS OF MOBILE TESTING
    • 3.1. Automation Tools Based on Image Recognition Are Declining
    • 3.2. More Widely Adopted Testing Tools Will Boost Android
    • 3.3. Testing Vendors Better Keep an Eye on UI Innovation
    • 3.4. Connectivity and Bandwidth Efficiency Offer Potential for Vendor Growth
    • 3.5. Future of Testing Is Converged, Multi-screen Testing

Tables

  1. Distribution of Android Devices by Operating System, Data collected during a 7-day period ending on September 4, 2012
  2. Distribution of Android Devices by Screen Size and Density, Data collected during a 7-day period ending on September 4, 2012
  3. Mobile Application Testing Market by Client Vertical, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2017

Charts

  1. Mobile Application Testing Market by Client Vertical, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2017
  2. Mobile Application Testing Market by Geographic Region, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2017
  3. Mobile Application Testing Market by Testing Segment, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2017
  4. Mobile Application Testing Market by Type of Application, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2017