Mobile testing tools – 6 open source frameworks compared

We have already reached a point where mobile usage has surpassed PC usage. Companies are developing more mobile products than ever before. Hence, testing mobile products has become inevitable. We have already seen key challenges in testing mobile apps. So, if there are challenges in testing mobile apps, then what’s the solution? Mobile Automation!

Why should you do mobile automation?
To release a better product to market, testing is a MUST. Failure to identify and resolve bugs can cost companies thousands of dollars a day and frustrate existing users. The reasons why you should be automating your mobile tests are as follows:
  • Speed of Testing
  • More test coverage
  • Early defect detection
  • Regression can be automated so the testers can focus on edge cases
  • More test coverage
  • Release with confidence
  • Testing of software on different platforms or with different configurations
  • Long term ROI
  • Automation is an absolute, hands-down success is in a continuous integration environment  
Below is a list of open source mobile automation frameworks
  1. Robotium: Robotium is an Android test automation framework that has full support for native and hybrid applications. 
  2. UI Automator: The UI Automator is an Android testing framework that is suitable for cross-app functional UI testing across the system and installed apps. The UI Automator testing framework is well-suited for writing black box-style automated tests, where the test code does not rely on internal implementation details of the target app.
  3. Espresso: Espresso is an Android testing framework to write concise, beautiful, and reliable Android UI tests. Espresso is suitable for functional UI testing within an app. Espresso is well-suited for writing white box-style automated tests, where the test code utilizes implementation code details from the app under test.
  4. Frank: Frank allows you to write automated acceptance tests for native iOS apps
  5. Calabash: Calabash enables you to write and execute automated acceptance tests of mobile apps. It is cross-platform, supporting Android and iOS native apps. It's open source & free, developed and maintained by Xamarin.
  6. Appium: Appium is an open source test automation framework for use with native, hybrid and mobile web apps.
Here is a pictorial comparison for the tools.
What tool do you use for mobile test automation? Kindly comment.
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