Mobile Testing & QA Tools – Should I be using automation?

Posted on January 23, 2013 in Mobile Automation Testing, Mobile QA, Mobile QA Automation, Mobility, Testing - 0 comments -
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    Posted by Perry Nalevka on 

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    I am not going to answer the above question as there is not right answer but hope to have a conversation that will help answer for those asking. With the smartphone revolution upon us and the multitude of applications being released on a daily basis there is an increasing need for tools and automation to test all of these mobile applications. We are partnering and continuously vetting out tools for our customers.  One thing I can see now after 8 years in this space is that there is not one tool that is perfect or that can be called the best.  This is because it highly depends on the application.

    Some questions are:

    1. What parts of the app can be tested through automation?
    2. Is location relevant?
    3. 2G, 3G, Wifi, LTE or is connectivity available?
    4. Does usability need to be tested?
    5. Is this an enterprise or consumer app
    6. How important is security
    7. Does the backend need to be stress tested?

    These are only some questions – please feel free to add more.

    I have seen the tools fall into 3 categories with each one having a multitude of solutions:

    1. Crowd Testing
    2. Remote access to devices
    3. Mobile QA / Test automation

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