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Know How To Test On SmartPhones Without SmartPhones

Sep 23, 2019//


Mobile Phones are ubiquitous and almost every service in the world has its own application. While testing a website or a mobile application, you require to test it as an actual user. Testing as an actual or real user refers to testing on one or more smartphones. It must include both Manual and Automation Testing. In case you can’t afford the 1 billion Euros, Dollars or Pounds to purchase all the smartphones required for testing? Would you trust the Chrome dev tools for browser applications, as there already are quite a many developers who QUICKLY test their work with it?

To get your apps tested, you can easily reach out to AppSierra, a leading provider of Software QA Services, situated in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.


Browser Tools



Browsers can aid in the process of testing web applications that are available in a browser. Chromium/Chrome Dev Tools are the most useful tools for this.

Some smartphone screen resolutions are available so that you can use them quite fast like (Galaxy S5, iPhone 6, etc.) you can also figure out a few more or directly select the screen resolution that is appropriate for testing.



You can also change the network by making use of the throttling feature. Some of these are preset and you can recognise the custom ones as well. It is always a brilliant idea to test your product with weak network connectivity.

Even Firefox has a responsive design tool but not a network throttling tool in the stable version.


Dedicated Tools



It isn’t sufficient to just use the “developer tools”, maybe very soon browsers will provide the “testers tools”. Let’s discuss in detail about emulators, simulators and cloud services that permit us to use remote emulators and real devices.


Emulators Versus Simulators


At times we talk about simulators and sometimes we start talking about emulators. You might be wondering whether it's the same or not. To be precise, these terms are usually used to talk about the same thing, i.e. a procedure to run an application or a mobile device browser on your own desktop environment

To be more precise the emulator simulates not only the software but also the hardware of the original device. It is closer to reality than the simulator.




Mobile Testing by Keynote permits manual and automated testing of mobile apps and websites on hundreds of latest smartphones, feature phones and tablets. They are some real devices made available for testing as a commercial service. As a tester, I wanted to attempt with a trial account but both my emails got declined, probably because it wasn’t an actual company mail. That not quite acceptable right?

The simulator very easily replicates the environment of the originating device without trying to copy the hardware, which can produce an impact on the observed result.

Each platform makes the emulators and simulators available. We have an Apple iOS simulator which runs iOS apps on MAC, Windows Phone Emulator by Microsoft and BlackBerry Simulators by RIM. Another amazing thing is that Google’s Android SDK includes a mobile emulator, but not a single one of these solutions are sufficient enough and there’s no other method that can be used to install Chrome in an Android Emulator.




Bitbar Testdroid service is a cloud-based mobile device farm loaded with real Android and iOS devices for automated and manual mobile application testing. 381 browser devices are available and permit you to test on actual devices, not emulators or simulators. A very limited number of smartphones are available free of cost. To access a private network, a VPN connectivity can be executed.






BrowserStack is quite similar to SauceLabs regarding access to emulators. For local access you never usually require any manually executed VPN, the only thing that is required is a plugin that is available only at Chrome Store.



You can acquire access to dev tools in the simplest manner, just like you would utilize them in your own browser.

Actual device access is very easily available for open-source projects if you add the BrowserStack icon and connect it to your open-source project website and github.



One superb and exceptional stuff provided by BrowserStack provides the capability to quickly test responsive designs in a preset list of iOS, Android, OS X(MAC OS) and Windows devices.
You can also have screenshots taken along with carefully chosen smartphones and tablets.




Genymotion is a swift and simple Android emulator, so with it, you’ll solely be capable of testing with Android. Check the cloud platform or Android on AWS EC2, it can end up being of extreme help for testers who just require Android Testing and it’s constructed in Lyon.




Cloud Services that permit you to access actual devices or emulators for testing are plenty. You must try them out before making your personal choice, but expert mobile QA testers at AppSierra say “never forget that the most excellent choice for you is to have some actual devices.”

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