What’s New in UIAutomator 2.0 and How to Get Started

Dear Testdroiders,

Time to time we cover new frameworks here at Testdroid Blog and despite UIAutomator really isn’t a new framework for Android app testing, some things have changed quite a lot from the version 1.x to 2.0. That being said, the fundamental purpose of UIAutomator framework hasn’t changed and it still allows its users to focus on UI testing and provides a lightweight, but very efficient and easy-to-learn API to get things done fast.

Let’s see how things are different between these two versions – and how you should prepare tests.

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How to Get Started with EarlGrey – iOS Functional UI Testing Framework

Dear Testdroiders,

Few weeks ago Google announced in their blog that they have open sourced their internal iOS test automation framework called EarlGrey. As this is used internally with Google’s functional app testing and for example YouTube, Calendar, Photos, Play Music and some others are getting tested using this framework. Naturally, we have tested this framework out and it seems an interesting choice as a test automation framework suitable for several types of apps as well. There are lots of similarities between EarlGrey for iOS and Espresso for Android so let’s have a glance on what EarlGrey really is about.

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LIVE STREAM: Testdroid at Google Test Automation Conference (GTAC) 2015

Dear Testdroiders,

Google Test Automation Conference (or GTAC) will start today and we are honored to be part of this. Our COO Jouko Kaasila will do a presentation where he will focus and share his insights on important topic for game developers: how can any Android or iOS game be tested efficiently, reliably, and using the same platform that gamers use, real devices. If you are attending GTAC 2015, please come and listen Jouko’s presentation. You can also view the presentation through the live stream below.

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Tips and Tricks: Taking Screenshots with Google Espresso 1.x or v2.0

Dear Testdroiders,

It’s awesome to see many of you using Google’s Espresso (or Espresso v2.0) with our Testdroid Cloud devices. We do get some questions every now and then about the ability to take screenshots during the test so I’ll share this brief example to showcase an example function call that can be used as a part of your test.

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How to Use Espresso v2.0 with Testdroid Cloud Devices

Dear Testdroiders,

Google recently released a long-awaited new version of Espresso (known as v2.0 now). Even the first version sparked some noticeable interest among test automation community, it seems that the second version is a great improvement and should be definitely checked out by everyone who uses Espresso as their test automation framework.

We’ve been providing support for the first version of Espresso about a year now – and now officially for v2.0. Check it out – it’s great promising framework for your app testing! And it’s FAAAAST!

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What Should We Expect from Android M? – Part #2

Android M Features

Since the preview of Android L, it was proved to be a much better, nicer, and more powerful Android operating system than ever. With that being said, there might be still some features that you were expecting but missing in Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Few days ago, we have covered quick answers to some quick questions about Android M. Today, let’s take a look at what we should expect from Android M (If your expectations are not listed below, share it with us in comments).

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What Should We Expect from Android M? – Part #1

Android M

[Latest news]: Over the last weekend, Google had a step further and made Android 5.0 Lollipop available on its 2012 flagship – Nexus 4 with build number LRX21T.

While Google is continuing its launch of Android 5.0 to more and more device models (Nexus family gets the first), the successor to Android Lollipop seems to be already planned at Google. If it goes the same way, the next Android version would most likely be dubbed as Android M.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Available at Testdroid Cloud

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Few days ago, we compared the app robustness on the latest Android and iOS versions – Android 4 KitKat and iOS 8. While the findings are quite intriguing, quite a few comments we’ve received reveal a higher interest in seeing how Android 5.0 Lollipop is compared to iOS 8 – on every perspective. We will soon get you there, as we have made Android 5.0 Lollipop available on our Nexus devices at Testdroid Cloud.

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GTAC2014 – Day #1 Quick Recap

There was lots of exciting presentations and enthusiasm for testing and test automation at Google’s Test Automation Conference. We had a privilege to attend this great event but also the live stream seemed to work pretty well during the first day. If you missed the day #1, here is a quick recap of the most relevant topics for mobile app test automation.

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