Katalon is the leading low-code test automation solution for Web, API, Mobile, and Desktop apps.
Mobile testing is the process of testing mobile applications for functionality, usability or performance through the use of tools or open-source frameworks.
Smartphones, tablet PCs, or every new release of the iPhone with the smallest changes, makes mobile testing, and automated testing, imperative to detect regression bugs and enables teams to ship quality applications.
Is the tool easy to learn and use? Working with open-source frameworks usually calls for installing separate components like JAR files, language-specific client drivers and libraries. If everything is already included in the tool itself, then you can just download the application and get started instantly.
Does its feature sets cover essential mobile-specific testing tasks? From screening, debugging, cross-device execution, artifacts sharing to reporting, visit its technical documentation guide and search for some key features you expect to have.
Are integrations with CI/CD systems or other platforms native? Almost all tools support integrating with other frameworks, tools, ALMs or project management applications. However, if they are native integrations, then you wouldn’t have too many workarounds to connect to the toolchain your team uses.
Does the tool provide scripting and scriptless methods? Scriptless methods like record & playback not only is beneficial for those who haven’t had a grasp in programming, but also helps in churning out more tests and expanding test coverage.
Is the tool suitable for your budget and AUT? Look at the size of your team, resources you have and the complexity of the application you’re testing to determine if it’s the right fit.
As the most popular alternative to Appium, Studio eliminates the hassle of building a test automation framework from scratch and programming prerequisites with low-code methods.
Supporting both Android & iOS platforms, Studio is compatible with a variety of operating systems (Windows, macOS, and Linux).
Record & playback, built-in keywords, pre-made project templates for fast test creation
Manual and Script Mode available to toggle between low-code and scripting options
Local, remote, and cross-environment execution on real devices, simulators, or custom cloud-based devices (works with Sauces Lab, Kobiton, Perfecto, Lambda Test, etc.)
Image-based Testing to capture and locate visual elements
Page Object Model design and object refactoring to lessen maintenance efforts
Test artifact sharing to easily export and import test assets from one project to another
Built-in advanced reporting to provide actionable insights and speed up troubleshooting
Integration with common CI/CD systems (Jenkins, Bamboo, Travis CI, Azure DevOps, CircleCI, etc.)
Free learning resources with detailed technical documentation, sample projects, and video tutorials on Katalon Academy
Price: Free or $76/license/month
Inheriting the popularity of Selenium, Appium is a well-known and favored mobile test automation framework. Using the WebDriver protocol, Appium allows users to test native, hybrid, and mobile web applications.
Developed by Google, Espresso is also a test automation framework for Android. creates this platform-specific solution with a flexible and straightforward API; however, it only runs Android UI tests and supports the enhancement of the functionalities.
Choosing the right mobile testing solution can help your team automate tests faster and much more efficiently.
When looking for the finest tool or framework for writing test scripts, pay close attention to the features it offers. A robust solution should support various programming languages, mobile platforms, and cross-platform integrations.
If your team comes with experienced developers who have programmed applications and frameworks from the ground up, then open-source software like Appium would definitely be the right choice.
But for teams with large skill gaps, consisting of transitioning manual testers, QA engineer freshers, and a limited number of coding-based members, Katalon Studio would not disappoint. Start your first project with Record & Playback, built-in keywords, pre-made project templates, advanced reporting to speed up troubleshooting, and many other features in the collection waiting to be tried out.