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Testing Mobile Applications is no more a tedious task

Published on 04 March 16

Mobile app testing is certainly not an easy process and it turns out to be a cumbersome task often. However, nowadays you will come across a variety of testing tools that makes the process way easier as well as enjoyable.

Well, as it comes to test a mobile app, it’s a lot of hard work as a tester is required to go through a series of devices in order to test the mobile app. Today you will come across a range of devices in the market that are useful in understanding and performing the testing process to get a great app.

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The process of mobile app testing begins with the tester tracking the performance of the developed app across several of handheld devices with there being a variety of operating systems and it may also differ in their screen sizes. During the testing process, it’s highly expected of the app to be safe and deliver the flawless performance all through. This is why the deployment team employs an app only when it has been certified and fully tested.

Now the testing process may seem to be a burdensome and expensive affair; however that might not be the case as in the market you will find numerous app testing tools for checking and they might be budget-friendly without you having to suffer on the quality front. Once you’ve learnt about the issues that a mobile app goes through, it’s up to the developers to resolve them and make the mobile app perfect for deployment. Quality assurance team may notice issues like variation of the mobile OS/platform, industry standards, scripting, device diversity and the mobile network operators.

There are several tools used for pointing out errors and make necessary modifications. Accordingly the app is optimized. Here we introduce you to some of these:

1. Appium

Appium is a tool that automates the native, hybrid and Web mobile apps and is available free. This open source tool supports both the Android and iOS based apps and has an active Google group.

2. MonkeyRunner

With MonkeyRunner you don’t need to automate the tests as it enables you not to deal with the source code. It’s easy to you to use recording tools for test generation as the testing created is in Phyton and is tool is also efficient in performing tests on real devices connected to the laptop or the desktop. This way you can control tablet, smartphone without getting into the code.

3. Robotium

This free testing tool is perfect for testing Android apps for various versions and sub-versions of Android. It generates testing in Java and unlike MonkeyRunner you need to work on the source code for test automation. Meanwhile, it is incapable of locking/unlocking the tablet and smartphone.

4. UI Automation

UI Automation allows automation of tests of user interface for any iOS based mobile app having the test scripts formed by developers. User actions come through UI automation by the test scripts while UI automation ensures that a few actions take place as the app is running. You’ll find a built-script editor for editing scripts and the UI Automation works for apps developed in the development provisioning profile.

5. TestFlight

Acquired by Apple, TestFlight offers a free testinh environment and this tool is able to have around 2000 external users for using the free version and get a feedback. TestFlight is capable of testing tvOS apps and WatchOS before being deployed on the app store.

6. HockeyApp

This allows you develop and deploy beta versions of Android, iOS, Mac OS and Window app versions. You get real time reviews, test coverage analysis and collect live crash reports. HockeyApp can blend into the current workflow easily and distribute test-sets to use, allowing features of team-management and also allows access control.

7. Selendroid

Selenedroid is highly recommended to test hybrid and native apps on Android. Lest you wish to test iOS apps, you can best use iOS-driver. Use this tool to run tests on actual devices and emulators sans any trouble. This way you can benefit from the vast support of the community in this tool.

8. KeepItFunctional

This testing tool for iOS integration testing allows easy iOS app automation by integrating attributes of accessibility. It uses XCTest target of testing and allows you implement objective C-written test cases performed on iPad or iPhone simulator. This way you get countless user interactions like drag, tap, click and many others.
This blog is listed under Open Source , Development & Implementations and Quality Assurance & Testing Community

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