Mobile Testing Tools – An Introduction

Mobile Testing Tools

Why do we need Mobile Testing Tools?

According to a recent survey by Gartner , by 2018 more than 50% of users will use a tablet or a smartphone for their first online activity. This makes it clear, even more than before than having a mobile presence is critical for businesses current and future success.

As in any other software development, testing is an essential part assuring that the product that is released to users is functioning as it should and as the old statement is saying: happy customers makes happy sales.

However, the transition to the mobile world had brought various new challenges. Enough to have a quick look around you to see that if you look at the closest 5 people most likely they will have different devices. with different OS, versions, screen sizes etc.

Applications can be either native or hybrid but adding this complexity does not remove the need to include all testing elements just because the medium is different.

How to consider which mobile testing tools to use?

When considering a tool for your mobile testing, take into consideration usability, functional, load and security elements. Consider adding automation to perform some of these tests.

  • mobile testing tools introductionLook for a tool that supports agile processes and have an easy script development.
  • Use tools that your team can use together and share information – Developers and Testers.
  • Make sure it works with all mobile platform you need.
  • Check for mobile application testing feature.

Here is a list of some relevant Mobile Testing Tools you might wish to consider:

  1. SauceLabs  – This product offers secure data center, which might be important for regulated industries. Testing can be done via CI tools and on emulators. prices are based on number of concurrent VMs and number of minutes using automated testing.
  2. Telerik – This product is focused on its ease of use and ability to collaborate between team members. It supports CI and automation. SaaS version starts from 39$/mo and developer perpetual version vary based on functionality.
  3. Appium – Appium is an open-source that allows you to write tests against multiple platforms while using the same API. It uses a client/server architecture that opens up a lot of possibilities. You can read more about this tool in the review we made for you here.
  4. Ranorex- This product is easy to use and allow users to record testing done on mobile devices.  The tool can integrate with other development and testing process and prices start at a floating 690Euro for runtime to 1990 to 3490 for a premium account.   

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