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Automated Testing Tools Beneficial for Mobile App Developers

April 18, 2017   byLucas Bresciani0 COMMENTS   301 views

As we see a rapid proliferation of mobile devices we also see testing issues for the mobile app developers. Mobile application development is assuming increased importance for businesses as well as consumers to engage with the potential customers. However, there is an increased demand for quality apps. But, there are huge number of combinations that exist across a wide range of devices. versions of operating system and browsers. The difficult part lies in providing the quality experience across all such combinations.

Testing is now an inherent part of development cycle as applications are increasingly becoming complex. However, the testing of mobile apps is not only time-consuming but also resource-intensive. Moreover the automating tests are quite complex in nature.

The app developers must find the flaws in their mobile apps, ensuring that the apps perform well in the real-world. The testers are expected to develop and execute the right kind of test cases on the mobile applications. There are options in a variety of tools and services, some which are even cloud-based, which are extremely useful for the app developers in establishing accessibility across a wide range of devices and software.

Here are some of the key testing tools for the mobile app developers:

Sencha Test

Sencha Test  

Sencha Ext JS is a platform for building mobile and desktop web apps. The functional testing of applications is made through Sencha Test. Sencha Test builds an unique URL that is usable in a mobile browsers on real devices. Jasmine testing framework is used for writing the tests using Javascripts.

In the future releases Sencha is planning for integration with ALM tools to provide develops implementation and also with defect-tracking tools. Jenkins and Teamcity are the integration tools that are integrated with Sencha.

Bugsee

Bugsee

It is a cloud-based tool that generates reports on bugs and crashes as bug information is sent to the bug tracker of the app developer. It is equivalent to a black box or flight recorder for the mobile apps. Bugsee’s SDK need to be embedded in the iOS and Android apps . It is supportive of apps built on React Native and Cordova. It is possible to use Bugsee in all three phases of beta testing, live deployment as well as initial development.

Appium

Appium

It is a open-source mobile test automation for the functional testing of the app’s UI. The mobile app developers of native apps can test the apps without even any need of the SDK or even recompiling the app. The tests are usually written with development tools, using Webdriver, using Javascript, Objective C and Java. It can test all three types of apps, native, hybrid or web apps. It offers stability and compatibility layer on top of platform-specific automation technologies.

BitBar Testdroid

BitBar Testdroid

It is offered as an onsite testing service and available as a private or a public cloud service. Testroid Cloud is a cloud-based mobile device farm with lots of iOS and Android based mobile devices for mobile app testing, both automated as well as manual. The customers build their own scripts and use their own infrastructure and use the devices from BitBar Testroid.  

Cross Browser Testing

Cross Browser Testing

It is based on device lab on the Cloud, so that the mobile app developers need not deal with virtual machines, device labs and cross browsing testing. It is all about browser testing in the cloud and native applications are not taken care of. The testing sessions are recorded in high-definition video and screen snapshots, sharable with other development team members. There are 1500 mobile devices and desktop browsers. Web pages are comparable side by side across various browsers.

Sauce Labs

Sauce Labs

It offers testing services for both Android and iOS devices. The users are able to access simulators, emulators and real devices. The testing cloud has a combination of 800 platform, OS and browser combinations. The mobile app developers may also resort to a private real-device cloud. There is simulation of what it would be the experience as a user and enter information through the app. It is possible to run tests in parallel.

As technology is advancing, developing a mobile app is becoming a difficult task and developers must move beyond the manual testing techniques and start leveraging the automated testing tools like the above, for considerable saving of time and cost.

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