Q&A_Maturity of Mobile Test Automation- Approaches and Future Trends
Webinar: Maturity of Mobile Test Automation: Approaches & Future Trends
Questions and Answers from the session
March 12, 2014
Webinar recording available here
Q. You said, we can record once and execute on multiple devices using mAutomate -Can I
record on Android Smartphone & Execute on Tablet?
A. Yes, we can record on Android Smartphone and execute it on Android Tablet – if you are
targeting the same application built for both the form factors. The test scripts generated by
mAutomate are independent of device screen size, resolution and form factors.
Q. How do you deploy the iOS builds Over-The-Air on the test devices without going
through the app Store?
A. We need the UID of the test device to be added in the iOS developer certificate with
which the test build is generated and placed on any OTA server. This OTA link is provided to
the mAutomate device agent on the test device at the time of execution, which downloads
and installs the test build on it.
Q. What type of apps & platforms are supported by mAutomate?
A. mAutomate Supports - Native, Hybrid & Web apps running on Smartphones, phablets &
tablets which are Android 2.3 onwards, iOS 4.1 onwards and Windows Phone 8 (support is
Q. Can mAutomate load the captured test results to Quality Centre?
A. Yes, mAutomate supports integration with Quality Centre, Bugzilla and Hudson/ Jenkins
Q. Does mAutomate simulate devices, OS's, or browser versions?
A. No, it simulates only environmental conditions like Network Signal Strength, device
rotation and interrupts based on the need of test cases during execution, matching to that
at the time of recording. It is recommended to test the applications, on real devices of the
target OS & browser versions, on which you expect your customers to be using it.
Q. Do the testers have to have access to the physical device(s) to create/run the
A. The testers can execute the test scripts on multiple remote devices without having any
physical access to them (though all such devices should have been already installed and
running mAutomate device agent). For recording/creation of test scripts, the QA needs to
have access to 1 device/emulator – on which it can execute the app flows manually for
Q. Can I modify the code generated by mAutomate?
A. Yes, mAutomate provides the facility to edit the test scripts with the help of very intuitive
GUI based test script editing support on the web interface.
Q. Do mAutomate use some scripting languages while script editing or it simply use the
recorded script language (may be human readable)?
A. Yes, for advance QA users – test scripts are available on the web interface in human
readable format and a GUI based test script editing support is also provided.
Q. What is the automated test output format like HTML, PDF?
A. Reports are available on the web as well as on PDF’s. These are provided to the QA
engineer on his email id after every execution.
Q. Can the scripts be executed on different platforms example completing a form in an
android device and after that completing it in iOS?
A. Yes, in case of Mobile applications – we can record the test scripts on one platform and
execute it simultaneously on multiple platforms because it’s the same app running on all
different platforms. For Native application, we need to record the test scripts for each