Which Tools Can You Use When Conducting Mobile Testing of Client Applications?

Which Tools Can You Use When Conducting Mobile Testing of Client Applications?
December 14 10:00 2012 Print This Article

Mobile testing covers a range of different types of applications a software tester can deal with. When facing a new type of application, software testing company employees develop a new testing strategy that they will use in future.

One of the existing types of mobile applications is the so-called client application, which is the one a user should install on his/her mobile device.

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As with any other type of mobile applications, you should implement automated testing to check the work of a client application.

There are at least three ways in which you can automate your mobile testing of client applications, namely:

  • On-device debugging;
  • Test automation of the runtime environment;
  • Automated unit tests.

Let us speak about these methods in more details.

On-Device Debugging

With the help of this method, the developers are able to control and inspect their software on real devices.

On-device debugging is not exactly the method of automation, it is more the way to help us detect the possible problem.

Some companies started to work on providing the possibility to debug software on physical phones.

Test Automation of the Runtime Environment

If you are able to automate the runtime environment, then you are able to control and interrogate an application under testing.

It would be good if your test automation would include the interaction with native system events as well as give you the possibility to query the GUI layer. Sometimes some extra features are also provided to improve the software testing process.

Working with Emulators

It is a good practice to test client applications on an emulator. However, only some emulators provide support for automation.

Emulators run on a desktop computer and are often limited to a single operating system.

Sometimes it is easier to use an emulator instead of a physical device.

However, note that the emulators differ in their characteristics from actual devices and sometimes your mobile testing results may turn out to be misleading.

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  • Jean Ann Harrison

    “As with any other type of mobile applications, you should implement automated testing to check the work of a client application.”

    Why? Why should I implement automated testing to mobile testing in particular if my mobile application is a client application? There are loads of tests which cannot be automated, and those that can be automated may not be a good candidate to automate. The reason…too much time wasted on creating a script for the automated test rather than what you would save by automating. Mobile testing project schedules are far too short and wasting time creating a script to cover 20% of your testing is a waste of time. Your general statement is erroneous and gives others the idea automation should be done no matter what. Sometimes yes, it does make sense but it depends on the context: what type of tests you want to conduct, are they repeatable to increase efficiency and finally do they give you results you couldn’t get if not automating.

    Mobile testing goes beyond the GUI tests. Too many people misunderstand mobile testing only contains the GUI/functional tests. This is why your statement is a huge concern to me. All software testers cannot just jump into mobile testing and expect to do it the same as they have done web applications or client/server applications. The type of tests, performance, usability, system integration tests are very different types of tests and require testers to use critical thinking when designing tests.