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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 20Consultant

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.

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Top 10Real 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.

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Top 20Real 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.

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