Rainforest mobile web testing allows you to test the functionality of your website as configured for a mobile device. Rainforest currently supports mobile web testing for both Android and iOS.
Did I select the right browsers?
Once enabled for your account, mobile web browsers can be selected from the same panel as regular Rainforest virtual machines in the Edit view of a test.
Are tests performed on real devices?
Rainforest mobile web testing is performed through Android and iOS simulators; they are not performed on physical devices. The simulators are configured to the run the respective OS on a desktop machine.
Which browsers are used for mobile web tests?
Android mobile web tests run on the default Android web browser. Mobile web tests for iOS will run on the mobile version of Safari on iOS 8.
Note: the iOS mobile web browsers look very similar to the iOS Native browsers. The two types of iOS browsers can be distinguished by a Safari or '4S' image in the middle of the icon. See image above.
Should I run the same test on both my Mobile and Desktop Browsers?
The answer depends on your application. If there is little or no difference in your UI and how a person would interact with either site, then feel free to use the same test for both mobile and desktop browser testing.
If however, your mobile web's UI differs significantly from your desktop browser's UI, you will want to have an independent suite of tests to cover this particular version of your app. This is because the tester will have to interact with your app differently than on the desktop version, and the instructions may not accurately describe the exact actions the tester is to perform. This is a common cause of failures in these kinds of situations.
For example, a login button may be located at the top right-hand corner on the desktop version, but the same function is accessed on the mobile site by first clicking an icon with three horizontal bars in the upper left-hand corner of the page. If a test instructs a tester to login by clicking the blue "Login" button but on your mobile web version the button is not blue, the test against the mobile version would fail because of the UI differences.
Mobile Browser VM Specs:
- Android Tablet Portrait (Android-x86)
- Android Tablet Landscape (Android-x86)
- Android Phone Portrait (Android-x86)
- Android Phone Landscape (Android-x86)
- iPhone 4S (iOS 8)
- iPhone 6 (iOS 8)