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Mobile Testing Framework


Google's Android ecosystem is continuously expanding. It can be evident from the fact that new mobile OEMs are taking birth from every corner of the world, be like creating various screen sizes, ROM, hardware, firmware, chipsets, etc. For the Android developers, it sometime becomes rather too difficult to cope up with the rapidly growing fragmentation. Fortunately, Android (also iOS) developers have gained an unlimited access over some of the advanced cloud-based solutions, such as Testdroid Cloud (cloud.testdroid.com).

It brings in action for testing on a large scale of the real devices to assure quality. Also the birth of various Android testing frameworks had tentatively made it easy for the Android developers. For that a very large number of mobile testing tools were developed in the part years and are still emerging to give support to the mobile development.

Since, more and more companies are creating mobile products and we are seeing more and more devices, platforms, versions; testing has become very important. When it comes about what to choose or what framework is right. In such times, there are huge number of options, each filled with different strengths and weaknesses. There are a good number of great open source mobile testing frameworks that should be considered while devising a mobile testing technology. All have different ways of handling mobile testing. We'll discuss some of the general aspects of open source mobile testing frameworks.

Quick and reliable testing

In today's scenario, the demand for mobile applications is increasing for every little and larger needs. New applications thus are majorly made to cater them to different stages. Thus, it has become important to have a robust framework that could help automate applications to perform smoothly on any platform without loop holes. For example, Mind tree created a robust MAF for the mobile applications especially for an Android and iOS. Developers have leveraged their expertise in creating testing frameworks and works on those open source software to build MAF.

It is basically an in-house mixed automation framework which usually leverages on different open source tools and also utilities coupled with many reusable elements. The power of testing frameworks is increasing day by day. This in-turn is decreasing the initial coding efforts.

Key features

  • These frameworks are too efficient in UI testing and other forms of testing standard applications be like calling, contacts, messaging, multimedia, Bluetooth, browser, SMS,MMS, email, etc. which require synchronization with all other phones.
  • Robust and extensible frameworks are there to support testing framework on a different group of native and web applications with in diverse working platforms such as android, iOS etc.
  • Some frameworks like MAF also supports the Data Driven Testing (DDT) and also makes them reusable function which ultimately helps users to do functional, compatibility and acceptance testing for much of the web applications.
  • They basically decrease the overall costs to the customers as they are built on dignified tools, libraries and frameworks.
  • There are some which can work on both i.e. emulator as well as simulator along with Multi-device testing features.
  • Frameworks are highly scalable which make them more attractive to use.
  • They support the execution of basic test scripts of the device that too without any connectivity with the machine
  • They provide you with great deal of offers to users such as defined logging, maintaining etc.