2020-06-18T11:44:00Z

What is the the difference between emulator and simulator in mobile testing?


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

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Top 10Consultant

An 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.

2020-06-18T14:04:46Z
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Top 20Real User

For 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.

2020-06-18T18:49:14Z
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Top 5Real User

- Emulators and Simulators are utilized for Mobile testing to mimic actual devices /hardware. It's a cost-effective option in comparison to using actual devices.


- Emulators are applications which mimics Hardware and OS for the application to test.


- Simulator are applications to mimic behavior, activities of device.










2020-06-30T12:49:50Z
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