5 Awesome Mobile Application Testing Tools & Platforms for Testers

Can you recollect in a second the number of applications that are currently running on your mobile? What if you get to know that one of them has been hacked and there is a probability that your personal data has got exposed? It will definitely stir up panic and anxiety, as every important application builds dependability over a period of time and usage, especially, financial applications.

According to Gartner, “The need for automation in mobile app testing is driven by business time-to- market demands and digitalization initiatives. These push mobile app development teams to adopt agile development approaches to deliver high-quality mobile apps faster. This rapid pace, combined with a broad and changing device ecosystem, creates a challenging environment in which to maintain a high level of quality. Without automation, it will end up crushing all but the most trivial app efforts.’’

As applications get complex, Mobile Application Testing enables application makers to check for functionality, usability, consistency, and security.

Mobile Applications are expected to run across various devices with varying dimensions, different networks conditions, and multiple operations systems. This entails serious software testing and quality assurance, which is effectively conducted with software testing and automation tools.

We have listed select tools that must be considered for Mobile Application Testing.

Appium

Appium has emerged to be one of the most popular test automation tools for testing mobile applications and has been endorsed by testers and developers for its ease of implementation. It is an open-source tool that enables automation of native, mobile web, and hybrid application across iOS and Android platforms. One of the highlights of Appium is that it supports Safari on iOS and Chrome or built-in Browser app on Android. This makes Appium is a cross-platform automation tool and enables the user to write tests on multiple platforms, namely, iOS, Android, Windows with the same API. Considering it is cross-platform, it enhances reusability of the code between iOS, Android, and Windows test suites.

The tool is built on the premise that while testing native apps, it need not require inclusion of SDK or rearrangement of the application. Most importantly, it enables you to implement your preferred test practices, frameworks, and tools. It is an open source platform that encourages solutions and contributions from a community of testers/developers. It automates any mobile application across any language or testing framework, facilitating complete access to back-end APIs and Databases of the test code. Moreover, Appium’s backend is Selenium, offering every Selenium functionality for your testing requirements.

Official site: Appium


SeeTest

SeeTest automation platform from Experitest is leveraged for continuous testing of mobile and web applications. It is a preferred platform for testers, as it can integrate seamlessly with industry open source tools, namely, Appium and Selenium, to run tests across a range of mobile devices and web browser for faster turnaround time. Additionally, it helps create tests efficiently and at speed on upgraded versions of open sources tools.

Reference to Test Execution, it accelerates the testing cycle and gives better test coverage by running tests simultaneously across multiple browsers and mobile devices. Hence, SeeTest not only offers a mobile test automation solution, but also helps install and launch it. With just a click, the tool can start testing the application across almost 15 devices at a time.

Official site: SeeTest


AppDynamics

App Dynamics is a tool from Cisco for monitoring the application’s performance and get real-time updates for end-to-end management of applications. Its Application Performance Management (APM) tool enables users to focus on factors such as application mapping, dynamic baselining, and code-level diagnostics. Moreover, the AppDynamics platform helps you to keep a check on the performance of the mobile to ensure customer experience.

It offers real-time visibility into the experience of the end-users on iOS and Android platforms. The tool further helps to gain insights into the usage patterns of users such as device types, carriers, Operating Systems, and versions of an application. In a way, it helps to identify issues with the application in real-time for quick turnaround.

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Official site: AppDynamics


TestComplete Mobile

TestComplete Mobile is a Mobile Application Testing platform from SmartBear. It is a preferred automation platform as it enables the user to create, manage, and run automated tests across any Mobile Application. It also helps to create and run recurring and tough UI tests across Native or Hybrid mobile apps. It can automate UI actions or user scenarios on real devices or emulators in script-free record and replay mode.

You can choose any language right from Python, VBScript, Jscript, or JavaScript to create automated scripts. The platform can be leveraged for automation of any mobile device and Operating System. The tester is able to run tests across multiple devices with varying screen sizes and resolutions. Moreover, it facilitates complete access to mobile device sensor data, namely, GPS, accelerometers, and gyroscopes.

Official site: TestComplete


Perfecto Mobile

It is a cloud-based platform for web, mobile, & IoT Software Testing. Perfecto Mobile provides easy access to a wide range of mobile devices and web browsing environments. Most importantly, Perfecto’s reporting and analysis platform enables teams to assess quality and focus on the problem areas to make necessary changes. It offers a common interface where teams can connect and collaborate to work on errors/bugs, track the project’s development, quality metrics, and effectively focus on resolving the same.

It further offers the coverage that is needed for concurrent environments, platform capabilities, and the scenarios that the users would experience. In addition, it enables teams to validate the work quickly on real platforms, and effectively run tests in Espresso, XCTest, Selenium or other test frameworks across multiple platform version.

Official site: Perfecto Mobile

In Conclusion

Mobile Application Testing is a growing need and the challenges around it are growing tremendously. Test Automation tools and platforms definitely enable teams to resolve the issues faster and in a much more efficient manner by reducing the overall testing efforts. However, every tool and its implementation needs experience and a robust strategy.

Cigniti’s Mobile Testing CoE provides access to a wide range of testing services, tools, platforms, and a mobile device lab. Our experts have strong expertise in testing various mobile apps – native, web, and hybrid, and keep themselves abreast with the latest methodologies, mind maps, and checklists based on platform updates. We leverage our strategic partnerships with world’s leading mobile testing tools providers for cost-effective tool procurement and extend it to our clients.

Connect with us to leverage strategic partnerships and build a relevant Mobile Testing strategy for your business.

Cigniti Technologies

Cigniti is the world’s first Independent Software Testing Services Company to be appraised at CMMI-SVC Level 5, and an ISO 9001:2008 & ISO 27001:2013 certified organization

Comment (1)

  • Ashish K Reply

    Worth-full to read the blog and help us to improve mobile testing skills.

    November 3, 2017 at 7:26 PM

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