Emulators are used to test mobile applications in the development environment before they are put to field testing. Emulators are a low-cost alternative for developers to test apps on mobile phones to which they may not have physical access. The following are some examples of application testing tools for the most common mobile operating systems.
- Google Android Emulator Is a patched Android emulator that can run as a standalone software on a Windows PC without the need to download and install the entire and difficult Android SDK. It can be installed and used to test Android-compatible apps.
- The official Android SDK Emulator is a mobile device emulator that simulates all of a typical mobile device’s hardware and software functionality (without the calls).
- TestiPhone is a web browser-based simulator that allows you to easily test iPhone web applications. Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 2, and Safari 3 have all been tested and found to work with this utility.
- iPhoney uses Safari to provide a pixel-accurate web browsing experience. It can be used to create iPhone-friendly websites. It is not an iPhone simulator, but rather a tool for web developers who want to construct websites in the 320 by 480 (or 480 by 320) resolution for iPhone. iPhoney requires OS X 10.4.7 or later to run.
- BlackBerry Simulator – There are a number of official BlackBerry simulators available for testing how the device software, screen, keyboard, and trackwheel will interact with applications.
- Windows UI Automation – Windows Automation API 3.0 is required to test apps that use Microsoft UI Automation technology. Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and subsequent versions of Windows come pre-installed with it. You can use Windows Update or download it from the Microsoft Web site to install it on other operating systems.
- MobiOne Developer is a Windows-based mobile Web integrated development environment (IDE) that allows developers to code, test, debug, package, and publish mobile Web apps to devices like the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, and Palm Pre. By the end of 2014, MobiOne Developer had been declared End of Life.
Mobile App Development Tools include
- eggPlant is a GUI-based automated test solution for mobile apps that works on all platforms and devices.
- Ranorex is a powerful tool for test automation. It is a GUI test automation framework used for the testing of web-based, desktop, and mobile applications
- Testdroid allows its users to perform automated testing on Android and iOS devices testing mobile and web apps, real mobile devices and test automation tools are available.
- Espresso is a Google-developed testing automation tool. It aids in the creation of Android automation tests. Espresso is an open-source object-based testing system. It’s an Android mobile test automation framework.
- The Squish Tool is well-known for its proprietary object recognition methods in automated testing of mobile and online applications.
- Applitools is simple to interface with various testing frameworks, such as Eggplant Functional. QA specialists can use this application to assess the appearance and feel of mobile apps and websites. Any existing test framework can be linked with Appitools. It also allows you to run tests that are cross-device and browser-based. Furthermore, the tool can assist you in creating unique tools and facilitating team cooperation.
- Calabash is one of the most widely used cross-platform testing tools for iOS and Android mobile applications. Cucumber is used to write Calabash’s tests.
- Appium is an open-source tool is used to test a variety of apps, including mobile web, native, and hybrid apps. It runs Android, iOS, and Windows programs using the WebDriver protocol. Appium attempts to automate mobile app testing without requiring the apps to be modified. Appium receives frequent updates since it is supported by a large community of active users on GitHub. Appium is a full-featured automated testing system, however, its user interface is difficult. Appium is built on the Selenium toolkit for automating browsers, which is used by testers.
- Kobiton is a cloud platform that lets real devices or emulators execute automatic or manual testing on any application, regardless of the operating system. It’s compatible with native, Android, and iOS apps. It utilizes the Appium framework and receives regular updates to improve its testing performance. It also enables script tweaks for improved testing.
- MonkeyTalk is an open-source mobile app automation testing tool for Android and iOS. MonkeyTalk is a simple-to-use tool that automates real, functional interactive tests for iOS, Android, Web/HTML5, Hybrid, and Flex apps. This open-source tool can be used for simple ‘smoke tests’ or for ‘data-driven test’ suites on native, mobile, and hybrid apps, real devices, or simulators. Moreover, automation saves time, it is reusable and repeatable. MonkeyTalk is an open-source automation tool. It supports both Android and iPhone. It is very easy to learn and it’s a powerful functional testing tool.