Appium 1.5.3 released!

Appium was developed by Dan Cueller, who had previously worked at Zoosk and Microsoft. It is an open source mobile functional testing framework that allows coding in the language of the coder’s choice. It was recently included in this piece by Forbes.

Sauce Labs announced the release of Appium 1.5.3 through npm and the Sauce Lab on June 8.

Appium 1.5.3 is primarily a bug-fix release. However, it also adds functionality to support for iOS WKWebViews and for automating the iOS Calendar app, as well as adding a capability to use abd for screenshots in Android web/hybrid sessions, and providing a list of Android activities to wait for on session startup.

  • Allow --default-capabilities server argument to specify a file containing the default capabilities.
  • Fix handling of statuses from proxied drivers (Chrome, Selendroid, etc.).
  • Fix handling of browserName capability for Selenium Grid usage.
  • Fix intermittent bug where creating a directory might crash the server.
  • Fix handling of --session-override server argument.
  • Add support for WKWebView-based webviews.
  • Add support for automating the built-in Calandar app.
  • Fix ios-debug-proxy-launcher.
  • Fix bug where scrolling in Safari would crash.
  • Fix handling of Safari in “new window” state.
  • Fix handling of arguments for keys method so that clients that send an array do not fail.
  • Clean up handling of ipa files for real device tests.
  • Make sure processArguments parsing works.
  • Fix iwd script to allow re-running.
  • Add nativeWebScreenshot capability, to use adb screenshots instead of ChromeDriver if necessary.
  • Add support to auto-select device based on platformVersion rather than using first available device.
  • Allow appWaitActivity to be a list of activities
  • Fix setting wifi and data state
  • Implement initAutoWebView capability.
  • Report appPackage, appActivity, and deviceUDID when requesting session details.
  • Make sure unlock app is closed at the end of a session so that the device works again.
  • Fix handling of unlock to make less flakey.
  • Make sure unicode encoding works correctly when strings are long.
  • Fix handling of disableAndroidWatchers capability.
  • Fix killing ChromeDriver on Ubuntu 16.04.
  • Fix bug where early ChromeDriver failure crashed Appium.

Perfecto cited as a Leader for Mobile Front-End Test Automation

LONDON – May 11, 2016Perfecto Mobile, the market leader in empowering enterprises to deliver high-quality digital experiences, today announced it has been cited as a Leader in “The Forrester Wave™: Mobile Front-End Test Automation Tools, Q2 2016.” In its 40-criteria evaluation of mobile front-end test automation tools, Forrester Research, Inc. identified the 10 most significant providers and individually analysed their ability to help application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals select the best solution to maintain an organisation’s unique mobile properties.

According to Forrester Research, “The only bulletproof way to deliver faster is to introduce automation in the software development life cycle, which includes testing. In today’s world of Agile sprints and continuous delivery, practices such as testing mobile apps on the devices that happen to be lying around, with a tester’s fingers tapping away at screens, are gone. Testers can only keep up the pace using automated testing of an app’s user interface (UI) and associated functionality.”

Perfecto’s current offerings rank highest among the assessed vendors based on key evaluation areas such as operating environments, test targets, test creation and management, automation creation and integration. In particular, Perfecto is cited among vendors that “shine by providing on-premises, cloud and hybrid test labs, with rich functional mobile-device-specific testing capabilities.”

Forrester also noted in the report that, “Perfecto pioneered mobile device testing in the cloud [and] it is now expanding to include support for desktop browser and enterprise testing capabilities, giving it more ammunition for multichannel apps testing.”

“We are honoured to be named a Leader in the Forrester Wave: Mobile Front-End Test Automation Tools report. In our opinion, this recognition marks Perfecto as a trailblazer in the industry, with the strongest product offering in the space. We believe this validates our approach to digital quality and our ability to empower companies to deliver high-quality mobile and web apps and websites faster with our Continuous Quality Lab,” said Roi Carmel, Senior Vice President of Product and Strategy, Perfecto. “With our unique cloud-based offering, including our Wind Tunnel™ capabilities, we are enabling dev and test teams to test end-user experiences earlier and enhance test coverage to ensure high-quality digital experiences are part of their delivery pipeline.”

Perfecto recently launched the next version of its cloud-based Continuous Quality Lab™ (CQL) that expands test coverage from mobile web and apps to include web browsers on desktops. To learn more about Perfecto’s Continuous Quality Lab for omni-channel and responsive web testing and monitoring, visit the Continuous Quality Blog.

To download a copy of “The Forrester Wave™: Mobile Front-End Test Automation Tools, Q2 2016” visit here:


About Perfecto
Perfecto enables exceptional digital experiences. We help you transform your business and strengthen every digital interaction with a quality-first approach to creating web and native apps, through a cloud-based test environment called theContinuous Quality Lab™. The CQL Lab is comprised of real devices and real end-user conditions, giving you the truest test environment available.

More than 1,500 customers, including 50% of the Fortune 500 across the banking, insurance, retail, telecommunications and media industries rely on Perfecto to deliver optimal mobile app functionality and end user experiences, ensuring their brand’s reputation, establishing loyal customers and continually attracting new users. For more information about Perfecto, visit, join our community or follow us on Twitter at @PerfectoMobile.


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SOASTA Mobile Testing Tools Now Available on IBM MobileFirst Platform

SOASTA has announced that developers building mobile apps on the IBM MobileFirst Platform can now use mobile testing offerings from SOASTA.
SOASTA’s Mobile Test Cloud and TouchTest solution’s can record and analyze the quality and performance of mobile applications against the latest mobile device and O/S combinations. Specific details of user interactions on the mobile device can be tested and optimized in real time for performance and quality.
Developers building apps with the MobileFirst Platform can deploy SOASTA TouchTest and Mobile Device Cloud with the MobileFirst development frameworks and continuous integration and deployment automation tools including native, Cordova, Dojo, JQuery Mobile, Jenkins and IBM Urbancode. 
For more details, visit

Perfecto Mobile Releases Mobile Testing Integrations for Visual Studio

Perfecto Mobile has released new integrations for mobile testing with Microsoft Visual Studio and Visual Studio Online. These integrations connect Perfecto’s cloud-based test lab, Continuous Quality Lab, to Microsoft’s developer tools to allow automated mobile web and app testing via the cloud.
The new functionality now allows integrations to work in a single IDE for full app development and quality management. The integrations support both manual and automated app testing from within any browser and allow tests to be embedded in the development process. Tests are triggered automatically to run in Perfecto’s Continuous Quality Lab across real mobile devices operating under real user conditions.
Perfecto’s Visual Studio and Visual Studio Online integrations provide the ability to:  
– Implement exploratory testing: Use Microsoft’s new Chrome extension and Perfecto’s Visual Studio Online integration to perform manual tests and report bugs directly into Visual Studio Online.
– Ensure quality during every build to drive fast feedback: By automating testing and streamlining build-test workflows, cycle times within the development process are reduced, yielding faster releases and better customer experience.
– Unify the developer and tester UI: Access an enterprise-grade test lab within Visual Studio Online.
– Support open source IDEs and languages: Extend existing test automation to mobile in Selenium Remote Web Driver using a preferred IDE (Visual Studio or Eclipse) and language (C#, Objective C, Java, JavaScript, Python or Perl) eliminates any learning curve.
The Perfecto Extensions can be accessed from Microsoft’s Visual Studio Marketplace.

Keynote Mobile Testing Now Available with Microsoft Visual Studio Online Team Services and Team Foundation Server

Keynote, now a part of Dynatrace, a leading digital performance company, today announced the integration of Keynote Mobile Testing with Microsoft Visual Studio Team Service and Team Foundation Server (TFS). The integration will allow Microsoft Corp. customers to test their applications on the industry’s largest library of interactive mobile devices from the Keynote DeviceAnywhere Cloud and collaborate seamlessly with development teams throughout the entire application development lifecycle, on-premise or in the cloud.

Positive user experience has become the most important factor in the success of a mobile application with nearly half of users stating they would stop using an app after experiencing performance issues. However, developers are challenged to improve app functionality and integrate third party content and services while continuously testing code to ensure quality is not compromised. Today’s integration provides organizations with a complete set of tools critical for development teams, from collaboration to testing, in today’s fast-paced development environment.

Visual Studio Team Services provides developers with a cloud-based set of tools, compatible with any existing Integrated Developer Environment (IDE), for developers to collaborate on software development projects. Starting today, customers will be able to access Keynote Mobile Testing directly through Microsoft Visual Studio Online Team Services, giving developers the ability to test applications on real devices in Keynote’s DeviceAnywhere Cloud. Through these integrations, developers will be able to run continuous tests, including both Appium and Keynote scripts, against real interactive devices ensuring no compromise to quality as applications move through the development lifecycle.

“Today’s digital consumers have high expectations for the mobile applications they use – they have virtually unlimited choices and if an application does not deliver, they simply move on,” said Howard Wilson, general manager, Keynote. “It is critical that development teams have access to complete development environments that allow them to efficiently develop and deploy high-functioning, cutting-edge applications. With this new integration, we are giving developers the tools they need to deliver positive digital experiences.”

“With the rise of mobile and consumer expectations, development teams are faced with more pressure than ever before to deliver functionality and performance,” said Tom Lindeman, Director of Partner and Channel Marketing, Microsoft Corp, general manager, Developer Platform Marketing, Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft Visual Studio is designed to provide the necessary tools to allow teams to successfully collaborate on development projects. With Keynote Mobile Testing integration, those teams can also ensure app quality is up to the standard users have come to expect.”

Keynote Mobile Testing features the largest library of real mobile devices available anywhere for developers and QA to test mobile applications on a variety of mobile operating systems.

Visual Studio Online Team Services customers can now request a free trial of Keynote Mobile Testing directly within Visual Studio Online Team Services. TFS customers can also request a free trial on the Keynote Mobile Testing site.

To learn more about the new integrated solution, please visit:

About Keynote Mobile Testing, a business within Dynatrace

Dynatrace is the innovator behind the industry’s premier Digital Performance Platform, making real-time information about digital performance visible and actionable for everyone across business and IT. Keynote helps customers of all sizes see their applications and digital channels through the lens of their end users. More than 7,500 organizations use these insights to master complexity, gain operational agility and grow revenue by delivering amazing customer experiences.

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Perfecto Mobile Makes Appium Enterprise-Grade with New Extension

Perfecto Mobile, the world’s leader in mobile app quality, today announced an extension of its Continuous Quality Lab to Appium, an open-source framework for automating native, hybrid and web mobile applications on iOS and Android platforms. This new extension, Perfecto Mobile for Appium, will offer an enterprise-grade option for Appium users that provides real user conditions, stable and scalable automation, and real device test clouds for improved mobile quality.

“A shift towards open source tool adoption is happening in mobile development, and it is critical for us to embrace this change by supporting industry-leading open source solutions like Appium,” said Roi Carmel, Senior Vice President of Product and Strategy, Perfecto Mobile. “Our Appium extension represents our broader initiative to support market leading open source frameworks. By extending our Continuous Quality Lab to support Appium, we are not only making quality a team effort, but we are strengthening the Appium framework with unique capabilities based on Perfecto Mobile’s technology, all the while fitting Appium tests into teams’ existing skillsets.”

“Of the many companies offering the mobile testing service, we have found that Perfecto Mobile provides us with the best support,” said Mahshadul Alam, Manager, Master Software Engineer at Capital One. “The Appium framework for both iOS and Android aligns with our acceptance test driven development goals and allows for the most flexibility with manual and automated testing.”

Perfecto Mobile’s Continuous Quality Lab provides organizations with an enterprise-grade lab for testing needs with the freedom for users to select tools in their preferred development language. Extending the lab to support Appium enables users to develop using their programing language of choice and leverage existing Appium tests without code changes. In addition, Perfecto Mobile strengthens Appium by adding to it:

  • Execution of Appium tests on a robust and scalable 24/7 lab that has a clear availability SLA
  • Parallel execution of automated scripts, under real network and end-user conditions on real iOS and Android devices
  • Ability to use Appium tests to interact directly with the OS or test cross application scenarios when applications interact directly with each other
  • Support advanced object identification in addition to validation using images and OCR
  • Test applications that mimic real end-user conditions and validate the experience of the target user (network conditions, location, device stress, etc.) while measuring the performance and responsiveness of the app under varying conditions

The Continuous Quality Lab currently has integrations with several open source frameworks including Selenium’s Remote WebDriver, Calabash and all major Continuous Integration servers such as Jenkins CI. Perfecto Mobile’s Continuous Quality Lab will continue to add capabilities to include support for every major IDE and language, adopted CI technology and open source environment through its MobileCloud API.

For a first look at Perfecto Mobile for Appium, read our blog, “Making Appium an Enterprise Grade Mobile Quality Solution” or tune into the webinar “Get More out of Appium” taking place on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 14:00 GMT, 2:00 PM EST. To register, please visit:


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