Aug 02, 2021 12:00 AM
Testing your app should be at the top of the list of things to do before releasing it into the world. Putting a defective product on the Play Store has a lasting effect. Customers have elephant memories and a faulty app is sure to stay with them for months afterward. In fact, they may never use your app again if a glitch occurs while using it.
When setting out to test your Android app, take an inventory of the most popular smartphones and Android devices on the market. For ideas, you can google for various sites listing the hottest selling phones and devices. Make a list of those items and start testing.
The most popular brands are Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, LG, OnePlus, Nokia, and Motorola. Apple iOS once had the tightest grip on the world market share of mobile operating systems, but Android is coming close to surpassing them. When choosing devices to test, consider what is the most popular Android device within your target demographic. For instance, if your target demographic is only the U.S. market, then you’ll want to leave Huawei and Xiaomi off your list since they are more popular in the global market, but not so much in the U.S. market.
Also, when testing, consider the older versions of Android. This will ensure you greater coverage. Android 10 and 11 are the most popular operating system versions on the market today.
We’ve done the homework for you and compiled the top 5 devices for Android app testing. Read on for a detailed overview of each device.
Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung has almost overtaken the smartphone market from Apple, and for good reason. These phones are popular for their performance and awesome built-in cameras. The Galaxy A51 sold 11.4 million units in 2020. This puts them in second place with iPhone11 coming in first. Samsung’s older phones like the Galaxy S9, S10, and S10+ were very popular the year before. The Galaxy A51 is a mid-range device which means not flagship. Mid-range means they are in the middle as far as size, quality, and pricing goes on the current market. This generally means that this phone was chosen with specific tasks in mind, not necessarily all features combined.
Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro
The Xiaomi brand is virtually unknown to many U.S. consumers, but this company manufactures some of the most widely sold smartphones on the global market. Europe and China are the ideal target market for these phones. The Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro sold 8 million units in 2020 placing them directly behind Samsung A51 in sales. With that in mind, the Redmi Note 8 and 8 Pro are obvious choices if your target audience includes global players.
Samsung Galaxy S10 and S20
The S10 and S20 are Samsung’s most popular phones on the market. These are truly considered “flagship” globally as well as in the United States. The S10 phone sold 80.4 million units in 2020, making up 22.7% of the market share worldwide. This makes the S10 an ideal model to test for both a global and U.S.-centered target market.
Although the S20 didn’t sell as much as its predecessor, it’s still a good candidate for testing especially for the newest Samsung line of phones. Also, keep in mind the new S21 Ultra for its vibrant 6.8 inch display and smooth refresh rate. The Ultra is sure to be a popular smartphone in 2021.
Google Pixel 4A
The Google Pixel 4A is popular among smartphone photographers for its built-in dual rear cameras. It’s popular among other users for its affordable price, 90 Hz display, solid battery life, and high performance as a 5G phone. The Pixels are gaining traction in the market dominated by Samsung with sales rising 52% in 2019 from previous sales in 2018. They feature the newest OS versions, so this makes them great smartphones for testing Android apps.
You’ve seen the commercials showing the Razr as a seamless foldable smartphone. Foldables are gaining popularity for their convenient size. The big display is still there but foldable. Samsung, of course, is following up with their own Galaxy Z Fold and Fold 2. Let the flip phone games begin!
Motorola smartphones like the Moto G Power have long-lasting battery life and charges. This makes them, along with affordability, popular phones in America. For these reasons, Motorola Razr is an ideal candidate for Android app testing.
Viviscape tests all their client apps on the most popular devices on the market, ensuring that the apps operate at top performance and rank high in the Google Play Store.
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