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Issue No. 05 - Sept.-Oct. (2015 vol. 32)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 53-59
Domenico Amalfitano , Univ. of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
Anna Rita Fasolino , Univ. of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
Porfirio Tramontana , Univ. of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
Bryan Dzung Ta , Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
As mobile devices become increasingly smarter and more powerful, so too must the engineering of their software. User-interface-driven system testing of these devices is gaining popularity, with each vendor releasing some automation tool. However, these tools are inappropriate for amateur programmers, an increasing portion of app developers. MobiGUITAR (Mobile GUI Testing Framework) provides automated GUI-driven testing of Android apps. It's based on observation, extraction, and abstraction of GUI widgets' run-time state. The abstraction is a scalable state machine model that, together with test coverage criteria, provides a way to automatically generate test cases. When applied to four open-source Android apps, MobiGUITAR automatically generated and executed 7,711 test cases and reported 10 new bugs. Some bugs were Android-specific, stemming from the event- and activity-driven nature of Android.
Software testing, Graphical user interfaces, Androids, Humanoid robots, Mobile communication, Computer bugs

D. Amalfitano, A. R. Fasolino, P. Tramontana, B. D. Ta and A. M. Memon, "MobiGUITAR: Automated Model-Based Testing of Mobile Apps," in IEEE Software, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 53-59, 2015.
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