Developing mobile applications is very different from developing PC software or even embedded software. Mobile development is meant to be agile, and a lot of great tools and practices have been developed for that agility. However, doing something manually — such as testing an app — is never agile, which is why test automation has shown tremendous growth among app and game developers, speeding up their doings and yielding robust and better results.
All Bitbar products have been built for test automation. The remote manual access to devices on our data centers complements this offering and occasionally developers want to make sure their apps work just like they’ve planned - and this is where our Bitbar Testing manual testing is extremely useful.
Test Automation relies real mobile devices (Android, iOS) and offers the possibility to test mobile apps and websites instantly and effectively using test automation frameworks. Our infrastructure is build to support unlimited number of simultaneous test runs, meaning that you can select any number of devices for your test run.
The true benefit of test automation comes from these simultanous test runs, automated access, coverage, and runs on devices, repeatability nature of tests, and identical and accurate tests - that could probably never get to accurate with manual testing.
- Open Standards - Our test automation relies only on open standards that are widely used in the industry. Open standards mean there are no vendor lock-ins, source code is always open and available, and developers can incrementally develop new tests and focus on compelling features with their apps.
- Automation without Complexity - Automated testing can increase the depth and scope of tests and significantly improve software quality. Lengthy and thorough tests — often not doable with manual testing — can be run automatically. Automated tests can easily execute thousands of complex test cases during every test run, providing coverage that is simply not possible with manual testing.
- Cost Efficient and Effective - Depending on the size of the project and the application, test automation will always provide a good return on investment. Once tests have been created, automated tests can be run over and over again at no additional cost. Test automation typically reduces the time required to run repetitive tests from weeks to hours. This is a significant time-saving that translates directly into cost-saving.
- Integration with Agile Process and Tools - To get the most out of your efforts and maximize testing coverage, select the most robust and most cross-platform method - and hook it up with your continuous integration, development and deployment system. Once you build an app, the system can automatically push it for testing on devices on cloud. This saves a lot of time, produces instant results and developers can fix any issues instantly.
In order to automate your mobile testing, you can use different types of procedures and methods to accomplish the real device coverage, compatibility and full functional testing. For example, there are three ways to produce tests for any mobile application:
- Handwritten Tests - Typically, this is the best choice when you know what you’re doing and when you have programming-capable people doing the test scripts. Plenty of options are available for test automation frameworks, tools and integration — both commercial and open-source offerings. Having your engineers write all of the test scripts will take up some time and tie up resources, but it will get you exactly what you want: well-structured, thorough scripts that test precisely the aspects of your app that you want to test.
- Record and Playback Approach - This approach is typically limited in functionality. Tests can be recorded and played back again and again against different OS versions and device configurations. These tests focus on user interactions and user-driven activities. Some things might fall beyond a test’s scope (such as integration with other technologies and compatibility with other software).
- Automatic Test Exercisers - Automatic test exercisers provide a great way to smoke-test applications. No specific tests are needed; rather, the focus is on testing user-interface logic (such as opening menus, clicking buttons, swiping and multi-gesture actions). Automatic test exercisers yield the least exact results but provide quick feedback on each iteration of an app.
In order to evaluate what test automation framework works you the best please take a look our comparison of each and if needed please consult us to find you and your app the most suitable test automation framework.