Mobile Testing

Top Mobile Testing Tools


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Mobile testing is a critical park a making functional apps that are useful and valuable to users — and for commercial apps this is even more important to ensure long-term profitability. This is true both for iOS and Android mobile testing and is a core component of SQA Solution’s service offerings.

Process of mobile app testing

The actual process of mobile app testing can vary somewhat, however there are some fundamental steps that are almost always a part of the process.

Prepare test cases

Before a mobile app test can be conducted, the first step is to prepare one or more test cases based on the needs of the development team or platform (Android, iOS) that the app will run on. These test cases should be built around the key issues the organization wants to focus on.

Identification of automated scripts

Next, the team should find the automation scripts that can be reused throughout the test and adjust them as needed. It’s important to make adjustments during the process so that the test is as meaningful and effective as possible.

Automated and manual testing

After that, both manual and automated tests can take place. These will vary depending on the specific app and the problem being tested for. In general, automated tests are great for processing large amounts of data, while manual testing is used for a more nuanced look at specific, or limited, elements.

Performance tests

Performance tests can then be run in order to determine how responsive the app is under different conditions, as well as how many resources it requires while performing specific functions. Platforms like Android and iOS have specific benchmarks that should be hit during these performance tests.

User experience tests

User experience tests can range from menu navigation within the app, to the color schemes and how content is displayed in the app. Typically, user experience tests are not automated and require well-trained mobile app testing experts.

Security tests

Security tests are utilized to make sure that the app and its database are not vulnerable to a wide range of threats. These include (but are not limited to): Man in the Middle attacks, session hijacking, SQL injection, and packet sniffing. Security tests can also be used to verify SSL verification.

Compliance tests

Compliance tests are used to make sure that all platform and internal requirements are accounted for. These compliance tests can be the difference between an app being approved or not, so it is absolutely imperative that these tests are conducted reliably.

Testing on specific devices

If an app is going to be used on the Android platform, the Android mobile testing will require testing on numerous devices. This is because there are literally dozens of Android devices currently prevalent on the market. This is also true for apps on other platforms.

Testing apps and what they do

There are a number of excellent mobile testing apps currently available. The following are a few of the standouts.


XCTest is a unit testing framework that is approved directly by Apple, and integrates well with IDE. It is a popular solution for those developing strictly on the iOS platform. However, if you’re developing for other platforms, you’ll either need to choose a different app or use XCTest in conjunction with other solutions.

UI Automation

UI Automation is a mobile app testing tool offered by Apple. It is best known for functional, or black-box tests. In other words, it is used to simulate a user navigating through the various menus and options in an app. UI Automation is popular because it gives testers a realistic look into what users will experience while also providing key insight into the back-end performance.


KIF, or Keep it Functional, is another UI automation tool that can be used to simulate the user experience. Unlike UI Automation however, it is an open-source third-party application.


Appium is another open-source UI automation framework that can be used both for Android mobile testing as well as for iOS and a few other small operating systems.


Ubertesters is the first comprehensive testing tool on this list. It can be used for a variety of purposes, including debugging, creating beta tests to distribute to users, and management tools. Ubertesters also stands out for the ability to contract out beta tests to people with specific devices in a variety of situations.


HockeyApp is a cross-platform testing tool that allows for the distribution of beta tests. It also provides a platform for user feedback and team management.

Google Play Native App Beta Testing

For Android mobile testing in particular, the Google Play Native App Beta Testing platform is a great place to get a wide range of debugging and optimization testing tools. It is provided directly by Google through their Google Developer console and has a wide range of useful features. Of course, it is limited to the Android operating system.


Ranorex is an automated testing tool that works on iOS, Android, and Windows 8 mobile platforms. Ranorex’s distinguishing feature is that tests and be recorded and reviewed directly from the device being tested, or from another central location.

Mobile app testing trends

The mobile app market has grown dramatically in recent years, with some estimates that it will exceed $100 billion by 2020. It should come as no surprise then, that mobile app testing will evolve and grow at a rapid pace as well. These are some of the mobile app testing trends that are beginning to show up in the industry at large.

Automated testing will become increasingly important

Automated testing is already a growing part of a comprehensive mobile app testing strategy. However, the benefits of automated testing are growing and becoming more popularized. In addition to reducing overhead, automated testing is scalable, and is also helpful for smaller development teams with limited resources. Watch for this to grow in importance.

Speech recognition will continue to become an increasingly important aspect of mobile apps

Both the Android and iOS platforms have made significant strides in the speech recognition platforms. More interestingly, iOS now allows third-party developers to utilize Siri. This means that mobile apps will increasingly utilize speech recognition features, which in turn will demand significant testing and debugging.

Security will be a primary drive for many developers

Security has always been an important aspect of mobile app testing. However, in light of the events in recent years — specifically, the growing number of hackers on both individuals and large institutions alike — security will become an increasingly important focus point.

One thing is certain: Mobile app testing will increase in importance in the coming years. For questions about mobile app testing, or for general information about what SQA Solutions offers, please contact CONTACT.


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