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Mobile Automation Testing

Mobile Automation Testing

We are living in a mobile boom! With the tremendous expansion of mobile technology worldwide and the infinite ways mobile devices can be used, quickly producing quality mobile applications has become priority #1 for many companies and businesses.

Mobile applications must be tested to ensure they run properly on different mobile devices, key platforms and across a multitude of networks. Given the variety of mobile devices and mobile platforms/OS, testing one single application or update of an application represents a big challenge for testers and could become a significant drain on time/effort within the mobile application development process. Here is where Mobile Test Automation jumps in!

Mobile Test Automation is the use of specific software to automate and control the creation of test preconditions, test execution and the comparison of the expected and actual behavior of a mobile application, all with minimal human intervention.

Automated testing is a highly effective approach to mobile app QA that can provide significant business returns. It can:

  • Create scripts that are easy to maintain and reuse; you can safeguard your mobile applications against failures that can cause costly business interruptions and have a negative impact on customer experience.
  • Ensure that your mobile applications work on all the desired devices, languages, configurations, and on all popular operating systems.
  • Build your test cases once and run them on every new version of the application.
  • Reduce effort and accelerate time to market.
  • Improve testing efficiency.
  • Free up human resources to perform advanced manual testing.
  • Simply reproduce defects found.

In addition to functionality, Mobile Apps must be tested to ensure that they run:

  • On different mobile devices: There is a variety of mobile devices with different input methods, screen sizes and hardware capabilities.
  • On key platforms/OS: There are several Mobile Operating Systems: (Android, iOS, Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, to mention a few), each one having its own limitations.
  • On a multitude of networks. There are multiple network types (e.g., GSM/GPRS/ Wi-Fi/Wi-Max) with different connectivity speeds across geographies and multiple network operators with customized network features.

All these factors make Mobile Test Automation a challenging practice. The biggest challenges to be faced are:

  • Scripting. Mobile devices differ in platforms/OS, languages, input methods, menu structure, display properties and other aspects that must be considered to make scripts run on every device.
  • Restrictions of mobile devices. Mobile devices are much more restricted than desktop devices, and those restrictions vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. The underlying OS, for example, typically sandboxes each application and allows very limited inter-process access, unless a phone is ‘rooted.’
  • UI Navigation Control. Response time in mobile devices is harder to predict compared to desktop, and the addition of interruptions of the apps makes it harder to predict screen grab pass/fail .
  • Device Mobility. Even though redundant, the mobility of mobile devices cause frequent network changes depending on where the device is, and each network may introduce many challenges that completely break down a prior tested use-case.
  • Device Mobility. Even though redundant, the mobility of mobile devices cause frequent network changes depending on where the device is, and each network may introduce many challenges that completely break down a prior tested use-case.

At TRUEXTEND we are aware of the importance of Test Automation within the mobile apps development process and have a trained team to help your organization identify and use the best software tools to suit your product needs.

Mobile Automation Testing