How to Test Secured Android Apps Using a Trusted ARM Emulator, Mobile DevSecOps Best Practices

Last updated July 13, 2023 by Appdome

This Knowledge Base article is for app developers and enterprise mobility professionals who want to test a secured app on an Android emulator vs an actual Android device. We strongly recommend that you test with real Android devices whenever possible. While we discourage testing on Emulators for security reasons, as developers ourselves, we certainly understand that it may be desirable or necessary at times to test on Emulators. Continue reading to understand how to test secured Android apps using a trusted ARM emulator. We recommend that you only use the ARM emulator when you cannot use an Android device to test with. 

We hope you find it useful and enjoy using Appdome!

How to Test Secured Android Apps Using a Trusted ARM Emulator

Appdome-secured apps are fully capable of being tested using standard ARM-based emulators.  If you have a secured Android app and you want to test that app, feel free to use these emulators.  x86 simulators and x86 simulators with translations libraries to ARM are not supported for security reasons.

App testing is critical throughout the app development lifecycle. Testing a Fused app is no different.  In fact, we have an entire article dedicated to Appdome-secured app testing here.  Testing apps becomes particularly challenging when there are a large number of device types and versions to test against – such as in the case of Android-based devices. Because of the multiple variables associated with Android, many developers opt to use emulators for testing instead of attempting to have “one of everything.”

Note. ARM emulators work very slowly on x86 PC machines. So, it might not be producing the best user experience in your testing with Android apps. We recommend you test with physical Android devices.

Appdome is a no-code mobile app security platform designed to add security features in mobile apps. Appdome’s no-code mobile app security platform offers mobile developers, DevSec and security professionals a convenient and reliable way to protect Android and iOS apps without coding. When a user clicks “Build My App,” Appdome leverages a microservice architecture filled with 1000s of security plugins, and an adaptive code generation engine that matches the correct required plugins to the development environment, frameworks, and methods in each app.

Using Appdome, there are no development or coding prerequisites to build secured apps. There is no SDK and no library to manually code or implement in the app. The Appdome technology adds the relevant standards, frameworks, stores, and logic to the app automatically, with no manual development work at all.

Prerequisites for testing Fused App with an Emulator

Easy Steps to Test Secured Android Apps Using a Trusted ARM Emulator

  1. Open Android Studio
  2. Go to Tools -> AVD Manager
    Androidavd Manager 1
  3. Click Create Virtual Device
    Create Virtual Device 2
  4. Select an Android device you would like to use for your testing and click Next.
    Selecthardwareandroiddevic 3
  5. Select the wanted system image, and click Download.
    Selectsystemimage 4
  6. Wait for the download to complete, and click Finish.
    Licenseagreementfinish 5
  7. Select a system image
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  8. Click Next.
  9. Verify your configuration and then click Finish.
    Verifyconfigurtion 7
    Congratulations! The virtual device was created..
  10. Now, in your project, click Debug.Dbug Button 8
  11. After selecting a device, click on debug .The virtual device will open automatically.

    Virtual Device 9

Congratulations! The application will run on the emulator!

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