As a publisher of an international mobile app, you have many challenges. You need to create an app that works well and is loved and accepted across different areas of the globe. The only way that you can really be assured of this, is by testing.
Different levels of testing result in different levels of quality:
We’ll call “Emulators” the first level of testing. In this level of testing, virtual devices imitate the functions of real devices and the actions of users in order to test the functions. This is the lowest level of testing because even though it does come close to imitation, it can never really perform like a real device or a real user, and surprises can occur.
That’s why we’ll consider “Testing on Real Devices” the second level of testing. It is more accurate than simulation. There are fewer false negatives and false positives. You are also able to see how your app interacts with real functions of the device, such as the sensors, location, camera, other apps, and the network for example.
Testing on real devices is desirable because you are able to really test how users interact with your app. For example, you can test if the commands are easy to manage to make sure swiping work well and no buttons are too close together. You are able to test specific UX details such as the coloring of you app on the device and the lighting in the sun and inside.
For international mobile apps, there is a third level of testing that results in the ultimate quality and avoids almost all potential blockages. It will be referred to as “Testing in Real Conditions.” Testing in real conditions allows you to study the user experience down to the smallest details. For example:
You will be able to measure your loading times and connectivity with the local wifi and network.
2. Local-Specific Devices
You will be able to test on the specific devices that are used in that particular region of the world.
3. Interaction with Third Parties
If your app takes payment, you will be able to check the real connection with the local banks to verify that the payment will function.
4. Geolocation Features
If your app uses geolocation features, you will be able to examine the accuracy of the location, map, and connection.
If you use testers from the local area, you will be able to verify that the language is well-translated and pertinent.