Towards automating testing of communicational B3G applications

Tapani Puhakka, Marko Palola

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Mobile phones and laptop users are enjoying the fast and seamless Internet access provided by 3rd generation (3G) mobile technology, which allows the use of applications such as email, WWW, office tools, messaging, and communicating on the move. In the future beyond 3G (B3G) applications, networks and services will create many more opportunities for companies and individuals to use mobile phones in their everyday lives, in group work, information sharing, multi-user games and other purposes. In a mobile environment, these applications use online connections to complex network resources and other users and exchange data with them, for example to retrieve and publish content, collect and use context information from different sources, and use interactive value-added mobile network services such as billing, presence, streaming, and location-based services at the same time. Multiple online connections bring new challenges to the testing of B3G applications. In this paper, we discuss the new testing needs of B3G applications and present an experimental system for automating testing of B3G mobile applications that supports application testing in multiple mobile phones at the same time. We found that the available commercial testing tools support only one mobile phone at a time and therefore they do not efficiently support testing of B3G applications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobility '06: Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Mobile technology, applications & systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery ACM
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-59593-519-9
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2006
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event3rd international conference on Mobile technology, applications & systems - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 25 Oct 200627 Oct 2006

Publication series

SeriesACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference3rd international conference on Mobile technology, applications & systems


  • Automated testing
  • B3G
  • Mobile application
  • Mobile phone
  • Mobile services
  • Record and play testing
  • Test automation


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