Mobile App Testing Tools Forum

Rony_Sklar
IT Central Station

What are the differences between mobile app testing and web app testing? Are there similarities? What are your recommended tools for each of these?

reviewer1393596Mobile app testing is different than w.r.t Web app testing in many ways Mobile apps rendering is different then the web apps, the OS is different, the way you test the application is mobile is through emulators and there are several in the market. Similarities can be the properties at the object level if I think from an automation perspective. Web:- Selenium (Code Heavy), Tosca (Codeless- More expensive), Ranorex, Katalon, and a lot more 2nd and 3rd generation tool. Mobile:- Perfecto, AWS Device Farms
Héctor RuvalcabaThe principal difference are the technologies, different OS's, different programmer languages, and different tools for testing, the logic to automate testing depend on these factors, we need to review this factors to define the correct test strategy. With mobile tests, we validate device mobiles, virtualization farm, or physical device farm devices to assurance different environments and testing levels, while to Web tests, we can test since Laptop's, PC's, or cloud technologies, sometimes front end or backend, but sometimes we need to make a mix and parallel test with both environments when the apps are responsive or interacting with other apps or interfaces. The recommendation is: Review the kind or level tests, technologies for each app to test, what kind of tools we have to test, define the strategy with the functional and technical requirements, build teams with each technical capacities and expertise for this kind of technologies (Web or Mobile), and finally, do the plan base on the dateline to whole project and estimations, and manage the testing project with all life cycle, and don't forget "sharpen the ax", is very important take to official certifications or practical workshops with mentors with experience to this kind of tests to grow the skill.
Rony_Sklar
IT Central Station

What role do a simulator and emulator play in the mobile testing process?

David HallAn emulator is usually where you are trying to test a mobile device that is not a physical device, it is totally artificial and is provided by a vendor like Android using the Android Studio and/or Android SDK. However, on any device whether a physical one or an emulated one, there are certain properties of a mobile device that can only be done via a Simulator for testing purposes ( i.e. taking a picture or photo, trying to scan a barcode, fingerprint, Face ID, etc.). I hope this helps.
reviewer1363938For testing mobile apps, an emulator may be a desktop application that mimics the hardware and OS of the applications to be tested. A simulator does not mimic the hardware and OS, but rather simulate the basic behavior of a device. While simulators are usually simpler, they are not as useful as emulators.