Mobile Application Testing is the process in which applications designed and developed for mobile devices (smartphones, tablet PCs or phones) are tested for its functionality, consistency, and usability.
Mobile Testing falls in the following categories:
Functional Testing: Basic type of Testing used to check functionalities of the application as per requirement specification
Performance testing: Performed for testing client application performance, server performance, and network performance
Memory testing: Mobile devices come with limited memory as compared to computers, this type of testing is performed to test the optimized memory usage by an application
Interruption Testing: Used to check for interruptions due to incoming call or SMS, low memory warning, low battery warning, etc while running the application
Installation Testing: Installation Testing is used to check for the easy and smooth installation process includes updating and uninstalling as well
Usability Testing: As always it used to check the efficiency, effectiveness, and satisfaction of application
Categories of Mobile Automation Testing Tools:
Best Mobile App Testing Tools
Cloud-Based Mobile Testing Tools and Services
Mobile App Distribution and Crash Reporting Tools for Developers
Mobile Performance Testing Tools
Mobile Emulators to Test Websites Online on Mobile Devices
Mobile Optimization A/B Testing Tool
Mobile Defect Logging and Test Management Tool
Mobile App Testing Services and Service Providers
50+ Best Mobile Testing Tools In 2021
Mobile application testing can be manual or automated. There are several mobile test automation tools used for it, not all but some of them are listed below according to popularity and usage.
Here we go..
#1) TestComplete Mobile
With TestComplete, you can create and run repeatable and robust UI tests across native or hybrid mobile apps.TestComplete comes with support for Android and iOS devices.
Automate your UI tests on real mobile devices, virtual machines, or emulators. With TestComplete, there is no need to jailbreak your phone or tablet.
Fast and intelligent authoring – AI-assisted authoring empowers users to create automated functional and UI tests in under 5 minutes.
Results you trust – Seamless algorithmic locators system ensures stable results across all frameworks. No locators needed.
Eliminate maintenance and flaky results – self-learning maintenance autonomously updates tests and assures your team can focus on developing new features while relying on test results.
Release with confidence – Production integration uncovers the data needed to close the feedback loop, analyze actual coverage, and point to areas in the app that will maximize your ROI. Use data when releasing.
21 is fully SaaS, requires no installation or devices to create or execute tests. It offers access to dozens of devices seamlessly.
#3) Apptim – Fully Test Your Mobile App In Every Build (Android & iOS)
Apptim empowers mobile developers and testers to easily test their apps and analyze their performance to prevent any critical issues from going live. Measure app render times, power consumption, resource usage, capture crashes, and more on Android and iOS devices.
Native App Testing: Apptim evaluates the performance of native Android and iOS mobile apps while running them on real devices.
Performance and Bug Reports: After each test session, the tool generates a report with the performance metrics and bugs that you may find during your test session with Apptim.
Out-of-the-box JIRA Integration: Publish and track bugs directly in this project management tool.
Easy to Use: Apptim’s user interface is elegant and intuitive, making it a simple tool to use. In addition, on the website, you can find detailed documentation that will help you through your first steps with the tool and you have support available every step of the way.
Compare Two Test Sessions: If you repeat a test for a particular feature once a new version of your app is ready, you can compare the results to see if there are any big differences in the performance.
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Test on real devices – Expand your coverage to hundreds of devices, platforms, and real people in real-world conditions. Make sure your software works on iOS, Android, and every OS version.
Get feedback from real humans – Our professional testers have a fresh and unbiased eye on your product. Testers will find bugs that your internal team might not catch.
Release faster – Human-powered doesn’t mean slow. Remove the QA bottleneck with on-demand, flexible testing that scales up with your needs.
This tool is an open-source tool capable of complete integration with the selenium grid and automates iOS native and hybrid mobile applications using Selenium/WebDriver API
This tool runs efficiently on an emulator rather than devices, some of the recent versions run on devices but they are comparatively slower than on the emulator
No need to change any app code or load any additional app for testing the app on the device
iOS-driver is built upon 2 different frameworks from Apple.
For native apps, it uses the UIAutomation framework from Apple.doc You need Xcode with an IOS SDK > 5.0. To check: $ xcodebuild –showsdks
For mobile web, or UIWebviews in hybrid apps (beta), it uses the remote WebKit debug protocol. That requires ios 6+ and safari6+. If you don’t have that, the native part of iOS driver will still work, but you won’t be able to test mobile web pages on Safari or to Interact with UIWebviews using dom selectors
Ranorex Studio is an all-in-one solution for mobile app testing. Used by over 4,000 companies worldwide, Ranorex Studio is easy for beginners with a codeless click-and-go interface and helpful wizards, but powerful for automation experts with a full IDE. Supports iOS and Android testing, including native mobile apps and mobile web apps.
Reliable object identification, even for web elements with dynamic IDs.
Shareable object repository and reusable code modules for efficient test creation and reduced maintenance.
Test on real devices without jailbreaking
Run cross-device tests in parallel or use Appium WebDriver for mobile web tests
Customizable test report with video reporting of test execution – see what happened in a test run without having to re-run the test!
Integrates with tools like Jira, Jenkins, TestRail, Git, Travis CI, and more.
#13) KeepItFunctional (iOS)
KeepItFunctional(KIF) is an iOS integration test framework used for Functional Testing that builds and performs test cases using standard XCTest testing target
It is an Open-Source framework designed to test mobile app UI and allows easy automation testing of iOS apps
iOS 5.1 and above (including iOS 8)
the libKIF static library directly into the application
Selendroid also an open-source framework simultaneously interact with multiple devices and emulators
It is driven of UI of native as well as hybrid apps and also mobile web hence the test should be written via Selenium 2 client API
Test code of Selendroid is based on Selenium 2 and WebDriver API
Selendroid can be used on Mac, Linux, and Windows
Java SDK (minimum 1.6) must be installed and JAVA_HOME configured (IMPORTANT: If JAVA_HOME is pointing to a Java runtime environment, Selendroid will produce errors because tools like the jarsigner are not available)
Latest Android-Sdk must be installed and ANDROID_HOME set
If you run Selendroid on a 64bit Linux machine, please install:
Mobile app testing is an exciting task but sometimes may become complex due to some advanced features added as per the need of new changing technology. Use of such Mobile Testing Tools in automation testing of mobile apps reduces the complexity and helps to make it faster and flexible with the right proportion of security and robustness!!
Have you used or using any of these mobile automation testing tools? Which tool do you think is the best?
In our next tutorial in the mobile testing series, we will discuss more on Appium Tutorial.
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