Android Connection Methods

To make a connection to an Android system under test (SUT) with TestPlant's testing tools, you need to have a VNC server on the device. You have different connection options with the eggPlant range, and you'll need to choose the best one for your specific devices and testing needs.

Android Gateway

Android Gateway is a tool for use with eggPlant Functional to assist in making connections to Android devices for test automation. You can download Android Gateway from the TestPlant Mobile downloads page.

The Android Gateway enables a VNC connection exclusively for eggPlant Functional. It works with devices running Android OS 4.2.1 and later. For additional information about setting up and using Android Gateway, see Getting Started with Android Gateway.

Automatic Android VNC Server

eggPlant Functional includes a built-in VNC server for Android devices. If you connect a device through eggPlant Functional and it doesn't have a VNC server installed, eggPlant Functional will install and use its own.

The automatic Android VNC server works with Android 4.1 and later. Note: Depending on the specific device and OS version, you might need to switch the ADB version that eggPlant Functional uses, which you can do on the Connections tab of eggPlant Functional Preferences.

eggOn for Android

For older Android devices, you might need to use eggOn, TestPlant's mobile VNC server. eggOn for Android works with Android 2.3 and later. You can download eggOn for Android from the TestPlant website. For installation instructions, please see eggOn for Android Installation.

To learn how to use either of these methods to connect to Android SUTs, please see Connecting to Android SUTs.