10 Best Mobile Test Automation Tools
Nowadays, testers prefer automated mobile application testing over manual testing in almost every testing process. It is because automatic testing helps save time, detect errors more efficiently and recognize the steps, if any, that had been accidentally left out while executing the testing process.
However, using any tools that come your way for mobile test automation cannot bring out the expected results. For that, you have to use the best among them. Here is a list of the 10 best mobile test automation tools that can help you execute the testing process efficiently:
Appium is an open-source tool used to perform cross-platform test automation. It supports native, mobile, web and hybrid apps and is used to perform automated functional testing of Android and iOS mobile applications. Using Appium, tests can be performed on any framework or any language that can create an HTTP request. Also, there is no need to alter any app code to perform the testing as Appium is suitable to run on Android or iOS on real devices or emulators.
Robotium is an open-source library that has been designed solely to perform Android UI testing. It is suitable for performing mobile test automation for different versions and sub-versions of Android. Robotium is used to perform automated black box testing for Android applications with TestDroid Recorder. The test scripts created by Robotium are written in Java.
Maintained by Xamarin, Calabash is an automated acceptance testing framework that consists of two open-source libraries, one for iOS and the other for Android. Calabash is used to perform automated functional testing for native and hybrid mobile applications. It works effectively with Ruby, Java, .NET, Flex and many other programming languages.
If you want to know the number of users a mobile application can handle at a time, the only way is to perform load test on it. WebLOAD helps you perform stress test in any scenario, thus, helping you understand the iOS and Android user experience. It is possible to replicate real mobile user experience by simulating or running real mobile devices using WebLOAD. Also, it comes with a real time web dashboard where you can keep track of the load tests, of mobile gadgets, on any device.
MonkeyTalk helps in performing automated functional interactive tests for iOS and Android apps. It is an open-source testing tool that consists of three components: IDE, Agents and Scripts. IDE makes test scripts using record and playback. Agent is a test instrumentation library that links with the app. The scripts include keywords, syntax, and Java execution engines. Be it the simple smoke tests or the tough data driven tests that MonkeyTalk performs, they are suitable for native, hybrid and web based apps.
Testing With Frank is an open-source test framework integrating Cucumber and JSON that works only for iOS apps. There are no changes to be made to the app code. Frank cannot be run directly on any devices. It is most suitable for native and web-based apps.
KIF refers to “Keep It Functional.” It is an open-source test framework meant for iOS mobile app UI testing. KIF uses Accessibility APIs built into iOS to simulate real user interactions.
Selendroid is an open-source framework that can interact with various devices and emulators at the same time. It also supports hot-swapping. Selendroid suits hybrid, mobile and web applications and its test codes are based on Selenium 2 and the WebDriver API.
Kobiton is a mobile device cloud platform that allows real devices to run manual and automated tests on native, web and hybrid Android/iOS apps. It is built on top of Appium test framework and continuously adds latest hardware and OS updates to the device lab. With Kobiton, it is possible to perform tests without modifying the script. The automatically created activity logs, commands, screenshots and metadata helps recognize issues quickly.
10. iOS Driver
iOS Driver uses Selenium and the WebDriver API to test iOS mobile applications. It usually runs on emulators (than devices), where the testing process is faster and scalable. The latest version of iOS Driver works with mobile devices; but, the testing process is performed slowly. The app codes do not require any alterations and, also, there is no need to load any extra apps in the device where the testing process is being performed.