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In 2023, there are more applications in the respective Android and iOS app stroes than ever before. Based on a poll conducted in 2022, there are more than 2.5 million applications and nearly 500,000 publishers in the Google Play Store alone. This speaks to the ever-increasing importance for teams to leverage the use of emulator and simulator testing for their apps.
Often the terms simulation and emulation are used interchangeably. But, there is a distinct difference between emulators vs. simulators. Both mimic the real thing in a virtual environment. However, the differences between emulation vs. simulation are quite big when it comes to mobile automation.
Keep reading for an emulation definition, simulation definition, and to understand the differences between them.
A simulator creates an environment that mimics the behaviors, variables, and configurations that exist in an iOS app’s production environment. An emulator is designed to mimic all of the hardware and software features for the Android app production environment of a real device.
Simulators mimic the basic behaviors of a real device. Simulators mean you're copying things from the real world into a virtual environment to give an idea about how that thing would work. It simulates the basic behavior but doesn’t necessarily follow all the rules of the real environment.
Partners Senior Manager & Continuous Testing Evangelist, Perfecto by Perforce
Sree works in Perfecto’s pre-sales and has over 15 years of experience in automation testing out of his total 17 years in the IT Industry. He constantly guides customers towards continuous testing and encourages clients to do more end-user like testing with Perfecto cloud. He ensures clients are getting value by implementing proper CI/CD processes.