As mobile applications continue to develop, their importance in the business world tends to increase since businesses and consumers expect higher quality mobile apps. This is where testing teams come in handy since they will be need to verify and evaluate these applications. Properly organized automated testing largely reduces time needed for a testing process, excluding errors and omissions that are likely to be caused by humans.
When settling for an ideal mobile testing tool, there are plenty of options to choose from, each having its strengths and weaknesses as well. There are various reasons as to why one should opt for automated mobile testing;
Speed of Training
Manual testing can as be quite useful, although it is slow and tedious to an average human being. Through opting for automated tests, you can do different tests within a very short time, the same tests that would have taken manual testing several hours to complete. Through speed, you may expand your test coverage.
Apart from time, automated testing saves you money as well. This is due to the fact that you can spend fewer resources on automated testing thus a cost-effective solution for ensuring you are delivering bug-free applications.
When using manual testing, increasing your testing can be a bit difficult. Running tests via automated mobile testing is easy. This enables you to reuse tests over and over thus increasing your test capabilities.
There is a wide array of automation tools that one can choose from. Some are free, some are expensive. Each tool is unique and possesses certain features. Due to the wide range of automation tools, it may prove to be a bit difficult when selecting the most suitable for a certain project. There are different automation tools with regards to the mobile operating system. We are going to narrow down on the two major operating systems; Android and Apple IOS.
Android Testing Tools
Let’s elaborate on modern tools used in automated testing supported by one of the leading operating systems, Android.
Robotium Android Testing Tool
This is one of the first automated testing tools for Android. It is a free testing tool ideal for test automation for different Android versions. Tests created by this type of tool are written in Java. In a simple term, Robotium is library for unit tests. However, it has certain limitations such as:
- Cannot lock and unlock a tablet or smartphone
- Unsuitable for interaction with system software
- Doesn’t provide screenshots
MonkeyRunner Testing tool
This testing tool is more low-level compared to Robotium. Since the tests are written in Python, you don’t have to deal with the source code in a bid to automate tests. Through an API, this automated tool can control an emulator, a tablet or a smartphone from outside of Android code. Its major limitation is that it’s required to write scripts for each device.
Ranorex Android Testing Tool
This is a good Android testing tool ideal for both the latest and early Android versions, from Android version of 2.2. Some of its advantages include; it can connect a compatible device to internet through Wi-Fi and detailed reports with screenshots. It also has disadvantages as well such as slow searching of elements and one must incorporate APK files for it to automate tests.
iPhone and iPad Testing Tools
These are some of the best testing tools one may use when evaluating web applications and testing iOS apps;
This is a web-based tool used in testing web interface in iOS. To achieve the best result, it is recommended to use this testing tool with Webkit-based browsers such as Safari.
This testing tool allows you to record, build and as well run automated tests for your iOS applications. It uses object-based recording to enhance high accuracy.
This tool makes it easy to test websites, prototypes, and web applications using an iPad interface. For exceptional results, it is advised to use iPad Peek with Safari.
This is a framework that supports both Android and Apple operating systems. It supports Android versions 2.3 and above. Some of the programming languages supported by Appium include; C#, Ruby, Java and other programming languages in the WebDriver library. This testing tool can control Chrome and Safari on mobile devices. Its main disadvantages are poor, insufficient reports and reduced XPath support on mobile devices.