What Is Multiple Device Testing?

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Multiple Device Testing - Introduction

Today, we can see how the technology involved in mobile is swiftly evolving. Mobile phones have now developed from primary devices for communication to a gadget that can do anything. Ultimately, millions of apps are entering the market. Regularly, millions of people use various types of apps. There are apps for every aspect of our lives, ranging from photos; music to office applications and games and fitness and health. These suggest that today, applications dominate our planet. Mobile phones have customized the choices in our lives practically. Our mobile phones occupy a crucial part of our lives today, and we are more mobile than ever before!

There are multiple mobile devices, browsers, and operating systems that you need to consider when designing an app. Henceforth, the applications require testing based on functionality, security, usability, etc. It increases the overall efficiency of apps on all fronts while at the same time increasing the user reliability factor.

Why Testing On Multiple Devices Is Essential?

It is essential to check your apps on various operating systems and versions because users have various OS versions installed on their phones and tablets. We will find a large number of different Android OS versions in the market. Also, in older devices, newer versions of Android or ios are not installed.
For Example, some features may work on Android OS version Lollipop (5.0) correctly, but not in OS version Oreo (8.0). Therefore, to make sure that features work in all Android versions and ios, we need to test the applications on different OS versions.
Hence, we need to test the apps on different device models to ensure that a flawless application is delivered to the end-users.

Softwares/Tools To Perform Multiple Device Testing

Let us look into some best options to test your website/apps on various mobile devices.

1. Browser Emulator

URL: Check the Developer Tools by hitting F12 on the page

Cost: 0$

For Example, in Chrome, open your app, go to Tools→Developer Tools→Toggle Device Tool Bar [ Mobile Icon]. You are ready to check your app on any given list of devices. In the same way, open any browser, Hit F12 to go to the developer console, and open the responsive design [mobile icon] to check your website on various devices.
It is the most simple and best emulator solution for necessary app verification on multiple devices.

2. Mobiletest.me

It is used to test your websites in smartphone & tablet emulators. All that you have to do is to launch the URL and select a device to start.

Free Trial: Available

Subscription: $9.99 per month

What you Get with subscription:

  • One price, unlimited testing. Only $9.99/m per user.
  • Tests your websites on more than 100 devices
  • Responsive & Mobile emulation modes.
  • Unlimited sharing of your tests.

3. Screenfly

URL: https://screenfly.org/

Cost: FREE – Open Source

We use Screenfly to test your website on various tablets, mobiles, and also television screens. One adds of this tool is you can also customize screen size.

4. AWS Device Farm

URL: https://aws.amazon.com/device-farm/

Cost: AWS Free Tier / Pay what you consume

There is a huge list of real devices available for testing on AWS Device Farm. With Device Farm, you can interact with real Android and iOS devices from your browser or run automated tests written in popular frameworks like Appium, Espresso, and XCTest.

5. Test Project

URL: https://testproject.io/

Cost: FREE – Open Source

Test Project is a Cloud Hosted, and Community Powered end-to-end automation platform for web, mobile, and API testing. Unlike selenium, it eliminates the complexity of managing and installing drivers for each platform and browser that you need to test. Test Project’s AI-driven capacity makes the script identify the elements if something breaks.

6. Samsung Remote Test Lab

If your testing is specific to Samsung devices, here you have a solution. Samsung has made its devices available to the public for testing through the Samsung Remote Test Lab. Check on the requirements to connect to the test lab, register with your email id, and you will get an option to choose the device, OS version, and some limited period.

7. The Firebase Test Lab

URL: https://firebase.google.com/docs/test-lab

Cost: FREE – Pay as you go

The Firebase test lab allows you to test your app on devices hosted in a Google data center. Firebase has several virtual and real devices where you can run your tests. Firebase offers a lot of customizations, which you can do as per your requirements. Test lab also has free automated tests called Robo tests that can create tests on your app. You don’t have to write any code or configurations for using the pre-existing Robo tests. Firebase works for Android, iOS, and web apps as well.

Final Words On Multiple Device Testing

I hope this article helps you with some of the device testing options. Mobile device testing is a challenging job, and you have lots of options to choose from. Do let us know if you find some exciting tools for multiple device testing. We are happy to hear from you.

Content Contributor: Ranvitha Rao, QAonCloud

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