Saswat Anand, Mayur Naik, Hongseok Yang, Mary Jean Harrold,
Automated Concolic Testing of Smartphone Apps
We present an algorithm and a system for generating input events to exercise smartphone apps. Our approach is based on concolic testing and generates sequences of events automatically and systematically. It alleviates the path-explosion problem by checking a condition on program executions that identifies subsumption between different event sequences. We also describe our implementation of the approach for Android, the most popular smartphone app platform, and the results of an evaluation that demonstrates its effectiveness on five Android apps.