Last updated: Jul 31, 2019 20:01
Perfecto now supports a new architecture for testing on Android devices that is fully aligned with local Appium testing. This change applies to Native, Web, and Hybrid testing.
Benefits of using the new architecture
The new Appium architecture comes with the following benefits:
Full compatibility with Appium standard
Bug fixes and enhancements
Support of Android deep links
Deep links are URLs that take users directly to specific content in your app. For example:
getDriver().get("theapp://login/darlene/testing123");When a clicked link or programmatic request invokes a web URI intent, the Android system tries each of the following actions, in sequential order, until the request succeeds:
Open the user's preferred app that can handle the URI, if one is designated.
Open the only available app that can handle the URI.
Allow the user to select an app from a dialog.
Unique Perfecto features, such as sensor injection, to complement the Appium feature set
Supported Android devices
The new architecture works with any Android device that supports the UIAutomator2 (v1.25.0) automation framework.
The new architecture requires:
- Native: Android 5 and above.
Web and Hybrid: Android 5 and above with Chrome 66.0.3359.0 and above.
- XPATH 1.0. Regular expression matching with the
matches()function is not supported.
Appium client 6.1.0 or above. For more information and for a set of best practices on how to adjust your Appium Java code to work with this new version of the Appium client, see Upgrading to Appium Client 6.1.0.
Enable the new Appium architecture
During the transition phase, you need to select the new architecture on a per-script basis using the following designated new capabilities. These capabilities control the architecture used for either native only, native + web, native + hybrid, or native + web + hybrid.
To use the new architecture on all your scripts, you can ask Perfecto Support to update your cloud configuration to use the new architecture by default. If the new architecture is the default, you can omit the new capabilities shown in red below.
Migrate existing Perfecto hybrid scripts to the new architecture
- If your app uses webviews, set the
truewhen creating the webview object. For details, see Android remote debugging.
Change the value of the
PerfectoMobileto its default value,
Appium. Alternatively, because
Appiumis the default value, you may remove this capability altogether.
Cancel the instrumentation (there is no need to instrument the tested app). Then fix object locators, if needed, because the tree seen by the script is slightly different.
Add the following capabilities with a value of
true(as described above):
Review and adjust the switch-to-webview logic in your code: The driver can now return the list with several webview contexts, and the best practice is switching to the last context in this list (provided that the tested webview is currently in the front).