Automation Testing Tools for Android Applications
Thousands of software applications are developed each year which also includes mobile applications. How many of them work for you is a question mark. Let me say you have a smart phone installed with Android operating system; you have downloaded Live Cricket Scores App, once installed you feel that there are some loading issues with application. It is loading too slowly and also there are couples of graphical user interface issues with it as well. At the end you are not satisfied with application.
It is something which relates to end user like you but in the same way if you are owner of stated buggy Android application, you will get negative reviews from app users. It is a total business loss is not it? What you should have done before you have launched your Android application was mobile application testing. Mobile application testing is done by an individual software testing engineer or by a software testing company to ensure that your application is working fine and is ready for end user usage.
There can be two ways to test a mobile application to meet quality standards:
- Manual Testing
- Automation Testing
Manual test is done manually by software testing engineers and is quite effective as well. Automation testing is done via different paid and free tools to save time, resources and budget. Our concern in current tutorial is to learn about automation testing, so let us come to a point. Automation testing is done by automation testing engineers who could be part of software testing company offering automation testing services or they can be individuals.
An automation testing engineer will have to follow the following steps for successful automation testing of Android applications:
- He/ She should do a research work about Android App which is due to test.
- He/ She should have a clear idea what tests are needed to be automate.
- He/ She should clearly document what are the requirements for test automation and what tool he/ she will be using.
- It will be good to research about more than two automation tools to choose the appropriate for your needs.
- Share your selected tool with your team and get manager approval
- Once approved proceed with automation testing
All the steps stated above are important though but tool selection is most important step. You will need to spend a valuable time to choose the right tool. To choose a best tool you should have a clear idea and you should have documented requirements; it will let you select a best tool for your needs. Let me say you did not have a clear understanding about requirements and you start automation testing with a tool, in the middle of the testing phase you came to know that tool is not going to support any more, it will be a big loss for that ongoing testing project.
Android is a standalone operating system which comes with its own coding language and features. All automation testing tools in the market have their own capabilities and features. Some tools support mobile applications and some are built for desktop applications and there are few for web applications. Being a software testing engineer you will have to choose the best for your automation testing need. Below are Android applications testing tools you can use for Android automation testing:
- Robotium Android Testing Tool
- MonkeyRunner Android App Testing
- Ranorex Android Application Testing Tool
- Appium Android Automation Framework
- UI Automator for Android Test Automation
Being an owner of Android application you can also use above stated automation testing tools to ensure quality of your app. All you will need to read complete documentation of your own selected tool and you will have to follow a tutorial related to selected tool. You can also participate in software testing forums to learn more about Android application testing.