As long-term transitions continue around the increasing market dominance of mobile and cloud apps and the adoption of faster software development life-cycles, testers in 2016 are taking on an increasingly critical role in software organizations.
The mobile domain is growing rapidly. Mobile Applications cover mostly all domains from video streaming consumer app to highly secure banking apps. We all know that testing mobile app is quite a complex process. Android & iOS are the most popular mobile operating systems. App stores are setting higher acceptance thresholds, which places greater demand on companies to increase the breadth and depth of their mobile app testing, especially with regards to device and platform compatibility.
Therefore, a key trend in mobile app compatibility testing is the rise of mobile device farms in-house or in the cloud. The latter is increasingly popular as the matrix of models, OS versions, carriers and platform configurations continue to expand exponentially. Maintaining a highly dynamic infrastructure in-house is simply unattainable for all but the largest enterprises.
What is Mobile Application Testing?
Mobile Application Testing is the process in which applications that are designed and developed for mobile devices (smartphones, tablet PCs or phones) are tested for its functionality, consistency, and usability.
Mobile Testing has 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 interruption 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 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
There are many tools available in the market for Mobile Testing. Here are some of the tools explored which are the most popular.
Appium (Android and iOS):
Appium is an Open-Source tool for automation of native, mobile and web as well as hybrid apps on iOS and Android platform.
- It is good for apps that are written in Android or iOS SDK.
- Appium supports Safari on iOS and all other built-in browser apps on Android.
- No need to modify any app code for testing as it is suitable to run on Android or iOS using the device or emulator.
- T his tool is used for Automated Functional Testing of Android and iOS mobile apps.
Calabash (Android and iOS):
Calabash is an automated acceptance testing framework maintained by Xamarin and Calabash consisting and can be compared with Selenium Web Driver.
- It is used to perform Automated Functional Testing for mobile native apps.
- It consists of two open-source libraries such as one for Android and another for iOS for testing native and hybrid apps.
- It may provide the APIs for specialized for touch screening experiences.
- It works well with Ruby, Java, .NET, Flex and many other programming languages.