Hands-On Mobile App Testing

Daniel Knott  
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May 2015
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Reflecting his extensive real-life experience, Daniel Knott offers practical guidance on everything from mobile test planning to automation. He offers expert insights on mobile-centric issues such as testing sensor inputs, battery usage, and hybrid apps; coping with device and platform fragmentation, and more.


  • Practical information, answers, and solutions for mobile testing challenges
  • A complete framework any mobile development team can use to establish an effective test strategy
  • Expert guidance on manual and automated testing, with guidance on choosing the right tools
  • Covers several leading mobile testing tools, with example code listings

Table of Contents

Preface    xiii

Acknowledgments       xvii

About the Author    xix


Chapter 1: What’s Special about Mobile Testing?    1

User Expectations   2

Mobility and Data Networks   3

Mobile Devices   4

Mobile Release Cycles   6

Mobile Testing Is Software Testing   8

Summary   9


Chapter 2: Introduction to Mobile Devices and Apps  11

Overview of Mobile Networks   11

Mobile Devices and the Year 2007   14

The Big Two   16

What Types of Apps Exist?   19

Business Models of Mobile Apps   23

App Stores   25

Summary   27


Chapter 3: Challenges in Mobile Testing 29

The Customer   29

Mobile Platforms and Fragmentation   32

Sensors and Interfaces   37

System Apps   44

Internationalization (I18n) and Localization (L10n)   45

Mobile Browsers   47

Summary   48


Chapter 4: How to Test Mobile Apps   51

Emulator, Simulator, or Real Device?   51

Manual Testing versus Automated Testing   52

“Traditional” Testing   53

Mobile-Specific Testing   56

Checklists, Mnemonics, and Mind Maps   84

How to File Mobile Bugs   93

App Quality Alliance   103

Summary   103


Chapter 5: Mobile Test Automation and Tools  105

The Flipped Testing Pyramid   105

Different Types of Test Automation Tools   109

What Should Be Automated?   113

Emulator, Simulator, or Real Device?   115

How to Select the Right Mobile Test Automation Tool   118

Current State of Tools   120

Continuous Integration System   136

Beta Distribution Tools   138

Summary   139


Chapter 6: Additional Mobile Testing Methods 141

Crowd Testing   141

Mobile Cloud Testing   147

Cloud-Based Test Automation   152

Summary   152


Chapter 7: Mobile Test and Launch Strategies   155

Mobile Test Strategy   155

Mobile Launch Strategy   172

Summary   177


Chapter 8: Important Skills for Mobile Testers   179

Skill Set of a Mobile Tester   179

How to Improve Your Mobile Testing Skills   185

Summary   198


Chapter 9: What’s Next? And Final Thoughts  199

Internet of Things   199

Wearables   203

Health Apps   205

Final Thoughts   207

Summary   209


Index  211



Daniel Knott has worked in software development and testing since 2003. After launching his career as a trainee at IBM, he studied computer science at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he quickly developed a passion for testing. He has worked at companies in diverse industries, with responsibility for testing Web, desktop, and mobile applications. He has also developed fully automated testing frameworks for Android, iOS, and Web applications. Knott is a well-known mobile expert, a speaker at conferences throughout Europe, and founder/organizer of two local software testing user groups. He blogs on software quality at adventuresinqa.com.