What are the differences between web and mobile application testing?

What are the key differences between web and mobile application testing?

There are several key differences between web and mobile application testing.

  • Compatibility– The most major difference is the screen size. A web app may be seen on a variety of devices and screen sizes, but a mobile app can only be viewed on its specific platform, i.e., a mobile device. The battery life and storage capacity of desktop PCs or mobile devices also have an influence on app performance.

    Because of the lack of compatibility difficulties, web apps are relatively simple to test. Mobile applications, on the other hand, are designed using a complicated architecture. They are required to be compatible with a wide range of devices, making mobile app testing complicated.

  • User Interactions– Web applications are designed to provide a restricted set of user interactions, with keyboard and mouse input being the norm. These interactions are quite simple to predict and test. On the other hand, the intended user interactions for mobile applications are nearly labyrinthine, whether it’s swiping, pinching, voice-based interactions, or even hand wave actions, further confounding mobile app testing.

  • Internet speed/availability– There are two sorts of web applications: those that must be online to function and those that can function offline. The great majority of online apps – around 95% – are of the first kind and require a continuous Internet connection to function. The same restriction applies to mobile applications, and the vast majority of them do not function offline. To ensure that a web app or mobile app operates smoothly regardless of Internet connection speed, it is critical to test it at various speeds.

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