Executive Summary

Due to the extensive amount of benefits that the mobile apps bring including easy accessibility, enhanced user engagement and retention, there has been a drastic shift towards the usage of mobile apps. Given the increased use of the mobile apps, testing those apps has become even more challenging in terms of covering an exhaustive list of models. This paper outlines the basic strategies and structure for a successful Mobile Automation Testing using Appium. It highlights the common mistakes that are being made while automating the mobile testing process. It also defines the key best practices to be followed to have an efficient mobile app test automation using Appium.

Introduction

The adoption of mobile phones in the last decade has been staggering to say the least. Today, we have close to 5 billion mobile users and roughly 50% of the web page views across the world are from mobile devices. This astonishing increase in the smartphones usage worldwide shows no decline and if the forecasts are to be believed, the growth is not coming down anytime in the near future. Alongside the smart phones, the market for mobile applications also have grown at an equally rapid pace, if not more. Growth always brings with it the associated challenges. Mobile apps face the challenge of supporting multiple devices, platforms and operating systems while providing a consistent experience to the end users. This not only opens up a development challenge but also an equally tough challenge of testing these applications to ensure a flawless end user experience. Given the nature of problem and the number of variables involved, manual testing is an extremely difficult proposition and hence the need for mobile automation testing.

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