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Top Benefits of Automated Mobile Testing
1. Consistency – you can expect the same instructions to be executed 100% of the time, since the test is being performed through software and computers.
2. Speed – many times, a computer is faster than a human
3. Increased productivity – the person who previously had to issue and monitor human tests is now free to do other tasks
4. Simultaneous testing – you can now run tests on multiple devices at the same time, either locally or in the cloud
There are also some cons, such as:
1. Initial development cost – code will need to be written to actually execute the test cases, as opposed to manual testing where the test cases are executed by a person interacting with the device.
2. Effort to maintain – the test code might need to be changed as the app is updated over time
3. Personnel training – some testers may need to learn how to code, or have a developer help them write the code to automate testing
Different Types of Testing Frameworks
There are many automated testing frameworks out there, and some are even cross-platform. This means that they can be used on both iOS and Android. Among them, two of the most popular are Appium and Calabash.