Announcing Support For Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Hungry for moar Android? We thought so. kitkat Announcing Sauce Labs support for Android 4.4 (KitKat)! Now you can test mobile web apps with Selenium Webdriver and native and hybrid apps with Appium using our Android emulators. Nom! Before you start testing, there are a couple of caveats you should know about: A. When an Android 4.4. emulator is in landscape mode, its apps are unable to recognize the orientation [1]. Further, while the Android 4.4 emulator looks like it's in landscape mode, apps will not rotate to reflect this. At this time, there is no known workaround. B. Certain Appium test runs on Android 4.4 emulators will error out when the Selenium `clear` command is sent [2]. This will only affect test runs that end up using the Selendroid testing framework under the hood [3]. The accepted workaround until a fix can be landed is, instead of using the `clear` command, use the `sendKeys` command, and send multiple DELETE (backspace) keys to clear out any text fields. Can't wait to get testing? Visit to get started now. Sauce + KitKat FTW. [1] [2] [3]


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Bill McGee