As per the records, more than 65% of the world population uses mobile applications. With the tremendous popularity of smartphones, mobile applications are also becoming popular. Today application usage has become a very important part of people’s lifestyle. Hence the QA and developer teams in mobile-centric organizations focus on cross-browser testing for an excellent user experience. The greatest hurdle in testing mobile applications is matching the compatibility of an application with almost all mobile devices available in the target market. An application needs to be cross-browser tested across multiple device browser and os combinations to achieve compatibility. Hence cross-browser testing is extremely important as it significantly improves the user experience.
Today many brands are using cloud platforms for cross-browser testing because of their numerous advantages.
So let’s discuss these advantages one by one.
1. Supports parallel testing
Cross-browser testing is almost based on parallel testing as we need to test multiple devices together to achieve efficiency. Test automation frameworks like Selenium Grid having server-node models perform parallel testing to test all the devices in parallel. This increases the speed as well as the quality of testing by multiple folds.
2. Highly scalable
Owing to the dynamics of the mobile application industry, new versions of mobile devices keep on getting released every now and then. We need to perform cross-browser testing in order to maintain the compatibility between the application and the devices. To achieve compatibility in applications for the latest versions of devices, we need to add the devices to the platform for cross-browser testing. Adding a device to the physical device lab would be very time-consuming and hectic. Whereas adding and removing devices in a cloud platform is just a matter of few clicks. In the cloud platform, you can add or remove devices as per the project requirements.
3. 24/7 accessible
One of the greatest advantages of using a cloud platform is that it is accessible 24/7. This gives the employees the flexibility of using the platform whenever they want, even after office timings. The 24/7 access also helps in increasing productivity, as the employees have the advantage of using the platform from anywhere and at any time. It is a boon for teams geographically separated as they can have access to the platform and also coordinate with teams through integrated collaborative software tools like Slack, Github, etc. Plus it helps in maintaining business continuity during od times like Pandemic.
4. Supports integration of multiple software
Efficient Cross browser testing can be achieved by robust test automation software which supports parallel testing, testing at high speed, etc. Also, factors like team collaboration also have a significant influence on achieving efficient results. In a cloud platform, you can integrate any number of APIs for test automation, collaborative software, etc. Cloud platforms easily support the integration of tools and test automation software to support cross-browser testing.
5. Supports Continuous Testing
Continuous integration supports the idea of test early and test often, which helps in the early detection and rectification of bugs from the software. In the later stages, it becomes easy to rectify the bugs and as the major bugs have been resolved for the earlier stages, it does not cost too much to rectify bugs in the later stages. Continuous testing for cross-browser testing brings a lot of efficiencies. Cloud platforms provide a conducive environment for continuous testing to gain efficient results. Hence continuous testing should be adopted for efficient cross-browser testing results and for this you have to go with the cloud platform.
For achieving efficient cross-browser testing, you require robust test automation software, parallel testing, continuous testing, collaborative tools, flexible working environment, collaboration with the team, 24/ access to the platform, etc. All these factors significantly improve the efficiency of cross-browser testing A cloud-based platform provides all the technical and non-technical benefits for achieving accurate cross-browser testing results. Today’s dynamic market scenario and customer demands have compelled all the application-centric organizations to leave no stones unturned for providing quick and qualitative results and a cloud-based testing platform can fulfill your endeavor in providing not only efficient cross-browser testing results but also high performing applications.