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Mobile Testing

Mobile Testing With Parasoft SOAtest

Integrate Your Mobile Interfaces as a Part of Your Overall Testing Strategy

Parasoft SOAtest enables rapid, automated test creation for mobile websites using a code-free record-and-playback strategy, and includes the ability to leverage Appium unit tests for Android and iOS in the context of omni-/multi-channel functional testing scenarios.

How Does It Work?

In the advent of mobile-first development, testers must ensure that their mobile interface is not only secure, reliable, and scalable, but that the customer experience is consistent and delivers on the expectations of the market. For successful testing in the context of today’s mobile environments, validating the customer’s journey through their various interfaces to the business (mobile, web, Open APIs, etc.) is essential. Parasoft integrates mobile testing into your enterprise testing strategy by enabling you to execute your existing Appium scripts in local device emulators or any mobile device cloud, such as Experitest or Mobile Labs, so you can ensure a seamless user experience across all of the interfaces of your application.

Create Stable Mobile Test Environments

To test your mobile device, you often need access to backend APIs and databases. But when internal and back-end components are unavailable, unstable, or don’t have required data it is difficult to comprehensively your application. With Parasoft SOAtest’s seamless integration with Parasoft Virtualize, users can create stable mobile test environments by deploying virtual representations of any service, and then loading that service with the correct data and performance behavior needed during testing.

Through a rich integration with Experitest, SOAtest can be installed into the same IDE as Appium Studio, and vice versa, which helps accelerate Appium test development. The test can then be directly referenced from a SOAtest test suite for omni-/multi-channel functional testing scenarios.


Users can interact with their website as rendered on Android or iOS, all while SOAtest is recording those actions to create meaningful API test suites using artificial intelligence and machine learning. SOAtest removes the struggle and cost associated with otherwise having to hand code such test cases using Appium and Selenium. Validations and extractions are all made very easy as well.

The customer journey spans multiple interfaces through the application, not just mobile or web. As organizations move toward mobile-first development initiatives, the mobile experience still must interact with other human (i.e. desktop web or packaged applications) and non-human (i.e. APIs, web services, communications directly to the databases) interfaces, so testing each of these in isolation only provides part of the picture.

To help users understand the subtle interactions between these interfaces that impact the overall customer experience, Parasoft SOAtest combines these channels together to create stable, reusable end-to-end tests that can be easily automated (“omni-channel tests”).

Omni-channel tests comprehensively cover the application’s use cases to ensure thorough test coverage by interweaving API and database tests into the validation of mobile and web UI interactions. Through this connected workflow, you can exchange data across the interfaces as you test them, and aggregate the results into a single report that will help you address the challenge of fully testing the entire application.

To comprehensively test the multiple interfaces in your application, you need access to the complete test environment, and to be able to fill in gaps when internal and back-end components are unavailable, unstable, or don’t have required data. With Parasoft SOAtest’s seamless integration with Parasoft Virtualize, users get complete control of their mobile test environment by creating virtual representations of any service, and then loading virtual services with the correct data characteristics and performance profiles needed to validate test scenarios and deploy them as needed during testing.

To help reduce late-cycle defects, service virtualization helps users expose unexpected behaviors at any layer of the application (from a misbehaving button in a mobile app to a security flaw in the business logic). To produce a desired behavior at any time, users can create a virtual environment designed to expose a behavior, and build the simulation into the continuous testing strategy to thoroughly test the application.

Benefit From the Parasoft Approach

Achieve Complete Omni-Channel Testing

Connecting mobile UI tests with API and database tests makes it possible to interact with the application’s machine interfaces while exercising the UI. Practical applications of this would be to inject a record into a database, for example a new customer, and then use the UI to operate on that entry. Using API calls during UI execution allows you to validate backend services to ensure what you are doing on the UI is translating properly to the backend.

Create Mobile Tests Without Scripting

Parasoft SOAtest helps users generate test cases for mobile websites automatically, by recording actions taken by the user. Without this, users have to spend a lot of time hand-coding Appium unit tests.

Execute the Right Tests at the Right Time

Bundle testing activities in the context of your application to run groups of tests from your build system based on triggers. To execute the right tests at the right time, instead of executing every test every time there is a change, Parasoft’s web interface enables bundling of testing activities together to execute exactly how you want, when specific actions take place. For example, you can run all API tests first, and only if they are successful, and then run mobile web UI tests.