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2017 32nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE) (2017)
Urbana, IL, USA
Oct. 30, 2017 to Nov. 3, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5386-3976-4
pp: 27-37
Wei Song , School of Computer Sci. & Eng., Nanjing University of Sci. & Tech., Nanjing, China
Xiangxing Qian , School of Computer Sci. & Eng., Nanjing University of Sci. & Tech., Nanjing, China
Jeff Huang , Parasol Laboratory, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
ABSTRACT
With the prevalence of Android-based mobile devices, automated testing for Android apps has received increasing attention. However, owing to the large variety of events that Android supports, test input generation is a challenging task. In this paper, we present a novel approach and an open source tool called EHBDroid for testing Android apps. In contrast to conventional GUI testing approaches, a key novelty of EHBDroid is that it does not generate events from the GUI, but directly invokes callbacks of event handlers. By doing so, EHBDroid can efficiently simulate a large number of events that are difficult to generate by traditional UI-based approaches. We have evaluated EHBDroid on a collection of 35 real-world large-scale Android apps and compared its performance with two state-of-the-art UI-based approaches, Monkey and Dynodroid. Our experimental results show that EHBDroid is significantly more effective and efficient than Monkey and Dynodroid: in a much shorter time, EHBDroid achieves as much as 22.3% higher statement coverage (11.1% on average) than the other two approaches, and found 12 bugs in these benchmarks, including 5 new bugs that the other two failed to find.
INDEX TERMS
Androids, Humanoid robots, Testing, Tools, Instruments, Graphical user interfaces, XML
CITATION

W. Song, X. Qian and J. Huang, "EHBDroid: Beyond GUI testing for Android applications," 2017 32nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE), Urbana, IL, USA, 2017, pp. 27-37.
doi:10.1109/ASE.2017.8115615
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