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Current Trends in Cross-Platform Testing

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The number of cross-platform applications is growing rapidly while software testing trends constantly develop towards more efficient and optimal solutions. It helps QA engineers test applications within different platforms, ensuring their highest quality and positive feedback from users. In our mini-review, we will examine the most popular approaches that are currently used by both testers and programmers to create robust cross-platform software.

Progressive Cross-Platform Testing Tools

Automated testing is an essential approach that ensures optimal cross-platforms testing solutions. This can be easily explained by the fact of a large number of testing tools that provide even more practical opportunities for testers and QA engineers which in turn speed up testing and management processes.

Among such tools is a recently updated TestComplete 12.50. The new version has been extended by a set of useful features which help QAs complete their job quickly and enhance their cross-platform testing possibilities. Among them is support for electron applications, which allows testers to test electron-based desktop applications. With its help, it is possible to simulate user behavior and work with a large amount of data which play a crucial role while checking cross-platform applications for their seamless and uninterrupted operation.

Also, this version includes Xamarin.Forms Support for Android and IOS applications and the Video Recorder script extension. With these features, it becomes much simpler to follow test executions and gather even the most sophisticated bugs and failures. Also, to this update have been added support for Java 10, WPF support, support for Chrome 65 and Firefox 59, support for Android 8.1, iPhone 7 plus, 8, 8 plus and X, and many more extensions that offer testers make cross-platform testing more cost-effective and optimized.

MonkeyTalk, Calabash Maintained by Xamarin, BrowserStack, etc., also can improve testers work and increase their productivity several times. Which one to choose depends on your product specific needs, the money you possess, and QA resources you have at your disposal.

Clouds & Online Services

The recent rapid growth in personal data produces the popularity of clouds and online services that are used for cross-platform testing, making the process less costly and good for data quality. This helps in working with a large amount of data and also saves QA resources because cloud services accommodate the lack of some sophisticated types of devices. Surely, this is one of the biggest trends in cross-platform testing in 2018.

One of the most popular online services is AWS Device Farm which comes from Amazon Web Services Inc. and is one of the leading cloud computing platforms. This provides the possibility to gather and reproduce errors in real time and perfectly suits almost all Android, IOS, and web platforms. It also delivers useful management features including video record, screenshots, logs, and data performance which offer developers to correct issues more efficiently and in time.

Xamarin Test Cloud is one more cloud-based service. It gained popularity among testers due to the possibility of testing your users’ behavior and the detailed reports which are available just in few clicks. Kobiton, Perfecto, Sauce Labs, Experitest, and many more cloud-based tools also offer great possibilities while testing cross-platform applications.

We at Testfort suit the recent trends in cross-platform testing to make this process more efficient and productive, thereby ensuring that every error in your application will be detected and timely fixed. Contact us, we apply just effective QA solutions and possess the extensive expertise to help you in your particular testing needs.

Like this article? Read our relevant materials:
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