In a recent training session, Loadmill's Co-Founder & CEO, Ido Cohen, joined forces with the Test Guild and discussed the concept of Deviceless Mobile Testing and how it can benefit your testing process. If you missed the session, don't worry - you can watch the recording here: https://vimeo.com/814649010/d4b004f7e7.
This blog post aims to clarify the term "Deviceless Mobile Testing" and explain how Loadmill's platform offers an API-driven approach that enhances both front-end and back-end testing, ultimately delivering a great return on investment (ROI) compared to traditional UI-driven approaches.
What is Deviceless Mobile Testing? Deviceless Mobile Testing is an API-driven approach for testing mobile apps, encompassing both front-end and back-end components. It focuses on simulating end-to-end API flows from the mobile app's perspective, rather than testing each API endpoint independently. Loadmill's platform enables QA engineers to drive the mobile app through specific scenarios, capture the relevant API calls involved, and automatically write the code for the test.
Why is it called "Deviceless Mobile Testing"? The term "Deviceless Mobile Testing" emphasizes the fact that once the tests are generated, they do not need an emulator or device to run on. Instead, they will mimic the client's behavior headlessly, without the need for an actual device. This approach does not aim to replace UI testing completely but rather align it to the right proportions, as many UI tests can be replaced with headless tests, saving time and money.
The Benefits of Deviceless Mobile Testing as a New Approach: Adopting Deviceless Mobile Testing offers significant advantages that lead to an improved ROI for mobile development teams. By focusing on API-driven testing, teams can:
Optimize their testing process by capturing user journeys and simulating end-to-end API flows.
Generate automated tests that do not require expensive devices or slow emulators.
Save time and resources by replacing some UI tests with headless tests that provide faster and more reliable results.
Maintain a more comprehensive testing strategy that encompasses both front-end and back-end components.
The Deviceless Mobile Testing approach provides a valuable alternative to traditional UI-driven testing, offering an API-driven methodology that enhances both front-end and back-end testing for mobile apps. By embracing this new approach, mobile development teams can achieve a greater ROI and optimize their testing process. Deviceless Mobile Testing is not meant to replace UI testing entirely but rather complement it, allowing for a more efficient and effective testing strategy.