7 Best Automation Tools for Testing Android Applications (Android App Testing Tools)

Here we are sharing a list of some Best Android Application Testing Tools for your reference.

Nowadays automated tests are used during almost every testing process. This is not surprising, as properly organized automated testing greatly reduces the time needed for a testing process, excludes errors and omissions in tests execution caused by a human factor.

There is a wide choice of tools for automation. Some of them are free, some are rather expensive. Some automation tools were created years ago; some have just appeared on the market. Each tool is unique and possesses certain characteristics.

Wide choice of available automation tools makes it difficult to select the most suitable ones for a project. The problem is that hardly any of the existing tools fully corresponds to project requirements.

In Order to Make Automated Tests Effective and Profitable One Should:

Such approach and sequence of steps would be approved by most of the quality assurance experts.

Many different kinds of computers have appeared recently, their appearance started rapid development of software products. The most amazing is an evolution of mobile devices; they significantly differ from common personal computers by characteristics, ways, and conditions of interaction with them.

Consequently, smartphones and tablets require special mobile applications that differ from desktop ones.

The operating system of most of the personal computers is Windows. Among popular mobile operating systems are Android, Apple iOS, Blackberry OS, Windows Phone, Symbian and other.

Also read => Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Application Testing


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Top 7 Android Testing Tools

Let’s explore modern tools for automated testing of applications supported on one of the most widespread mobile operating system – Android.

Here is the list of some top Android application testing tools:

  1. Robotium
  2. SeeTest Continuous Testing Platform
  3. MonkeyRunner
  4. Ranorex
  5. Appium Studio
  6. Appium
  7. UI Automator

Let’s see more details about these tools.

#1. Robotium Android Testing Tool

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Robotium is one the first and frequently utilized automated testing tools for software supported on Android.

Robotium is a free Android UI testing tool. It is suitable for tests automation for different Android versions and sub-versions. Software developers often describe it as Selenium for Android. Tests created by Robotium are written in Java. In fact, Robotium is a library for unit tests.

But it takes much time and efforts to create tests by means of Robotium, as one must work with the program source code in order to automate tests. The tool is also unsuitable for interaction with system software; it cannot lock and unlock a smartphone or a tablet. There is no Record and Play function in Robotium, and it does not provide screenshots.


#2. SeeTest Continuous Testing Platform

One of the main challenges of testing Android apps is dealing with fragmentation – the huge amount of Android devices, versions and custom versions currently in use.

SeeTest Continuous Testing platform helps you execute your tests on a large number of remote android devices and simulators located in a Digital Assurance Lab.

Large-scale parallel execution on numerous devices provides fast feedback that ensures a great experience for all your users.

Leverage auto-generate, detailed reports containing step by step data, screenshots and log reports to drive rapid resolution and actionable analytics to support quality decisions

Download link: SeeTest Continuous Testing Platform


#3. MonkeyRunner Android App Testing

MonkeyRunner is one of popular Android Testing tools used for automating of functional tests for Android software.

This tool is more low-level than Robotium is. One does not have to deal with the source code in order to automate tests. The tests are written in Python, one may use a recording tool for creating tests.

MonkeyRunner can run tests on real devices connected to a PC or emulators. The tool has an API what allows it to control a smartphone, a tablet or an emulator from outside of Android code.

A significant disadvantage of the mobile app testing tool is that it is necessary to write scripts for each device. Another problem of MonkeyRunner is that the tests require adjustments each time when the user interface of the tested program is changed.


#4. Appium Studio

An Appium Studio community edition is a free tool that makes Appium testing even better, helping organizations quickly release quality applications.

Appium Studio improves both test development and test execution. Visual test development tools help you write robust tests quickly and easily. A robust execution engine that is designed especially for mobile enhances stability and speed.

Appium Studio addresses many of Appium’s limitations. It allows users to start testing within minutes, reduces operational costs, and helps improve coverage with out-of-app testing. Test scripts and their execution are much more stable and results are presented in clear reports. Lastly, Appium Studio supports parallel execution and comes with guaranteed OS version support.

AppiumStudio community edition benefits:

Learn more about Appium Studio tool here.


#5. Ranorex Android Application Testing Tool

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Ranorex is a good tool for tests automation not only for the latest but also for early versions and sub-versions of Android, beginning from Android 2.2.

One of the Ranorex advantages is its detailed reports with screenshots. It can connect a smartphone or a tablet to the Internet via WiFi.

An automated test engineer can elaborate data-driven tests, excluding XML data format, by means of this Android tool. Ranorex Studio enables an automated test engineer to create tests easily, just clicking the mouse. It allows elaborating additional program modules. The modules may be utilized during late development cycles for more complex test scenarios.

It is a commercial mobile application tool; its license price is 1990 EUR. Ranorex searches elements rather slowly; it takes up to 30 seconds to perform such an operation. One must instrument APK files for Ranorex. Otherwise, it is impossible to automate tests by means of this tool, as it works only with instrumented APK files.


#6. Appium Android Automation Framework

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It’s a framework for creating automated tests for iOS and Android. It is a free tool. It supports Android versions from 2.3 and later. Appium utilizes WebDriver interface for tests running. It supports many programming languages, such as Java, C#, Ruby and other which are in the WebDriver library.

It can control Safari and Chrome on mobile devices. This allows testing mobile websites using Appium and these browsers.

But some automated test engineers complain that it provides poor, insufficient reports. Also its weakness is reduced XPath support on mobile devices.


#7. UI Automator for Android Test Automation

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This tool has been recently elaborated by Google. It supports Android versions beginning from 4.1. One should select another Android app testing tool in order to automate tests for earlier versions. UI Automator is able to interact with all kinds of software products for Android, including system applications. This enables UI Automator to lock and unlock a smartphone or a tablet.

Scripts created by means of this tool can be executed on many different Android platforms. It allows reproducing complex sequences of user actions.

UI Automator also can utilize external buttons of a device, such as buttons for going back, volume regulation, turning on and off the device.

It can be integrated with testing framework TestNG. In this case, UI Automator can generate informative and detailed reports, similar to reports generated by Ranorex. This tool also searches elements very fast.

Software testing experts find UI Automator good for quality mobile application testing on many Android platforms. It is one of the best tools for Android applications, as it is elaborated by Google especially for this operating system.

Usually, about 80% of new software bugs reproduce on all the supported platforms. So, one may perform mobile testing on one of the widely used platforms and discover up to 80% of defects. The rest 20% will be found on all the other platforms. That means that in most cases it is better to test software product thoroughly on fewer platforms than hastily on numerous.

At present Android 4.1 is installed on about 66% of all devices using the Android operating system. That is why many automated test engineers often decide that UI Automator is the most suitable solution.

Ranorex is frequently utilized for creation tests for early Android versions.


Tests automation is a complex task. It requires thorough preparation and researchers. One should also keep up with all the novelties in information technology, applications, and test automation tools. All this knowledge is necessary for creating the most effective tests.

About the Author: This is a guest post by Oleg Prosyanik, a Senior Automated Test Engineer of QATestLab, a leading Ukrainian company offering the full range of software testing services. 


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