All You Need To Know about Compatibility Testing
Every day, more number of Mobile users are using their phones for more than just texting or making phone calls; internet has revolutionized everything about the way people live today.
People are using the internet to visit websites or apps for shopping, to get a diagnosis for whatever symptoms they have or their loved ones are facing, advice, to job search, and just plain entertainment or finding more information about God. There is nothing that isn’t there on the internet. So if users don’t like the way your application works, they move on quickly.
Why is compatibility testing important?
When there are just so many users doing so many activities in multiple devices, whether they are over the internet at home, at the office or in the palm of their hands; then next to building and maintaining products/services, compatibility testing becomes just as crucial.
To take advantage of this surge of human traffic, giving them a good user-experience and ultimately to be able to get the maximum visitors converting into a customers, compatibility testing plays a very big role. It keeps your product at a competitive level and gives users a bang for their buck.
What are these bugs?
Typically the developers and in-house testers test apps on just one platform. However, when the app is released and if there is a problem or a glitch with any aspect of that app, that means there is a bug. For users, bugs are just as irritating in the virtual world as they can be in the real world.
The bugs most commonly found while running a compatibility test would be, say, the UI –how it looks, font, alignment problems, CSS style, issues with scroll bars, tables or frames or overlap of content.
What do testers do?
Your website or application should be compatible with PC and mobile; Testing specialist’s help you find those bugs before your customers do. Let’s look at each of them in brief:
- Testing on PC, on different browsers like Safari, Chrome, Firefox, IE
- Testing on different mobile devices that have different platforms like iOS, Android or Windows
- Testing on networks like 4G, 3G or wifi
- Testing on multiple operating systems such as Mac, Windows, Linux
The testing doesn’t stop there. Testing continues to check the performance of your product on old versions of the platforms (backward compatibility testing) and even getting your product ready for newer versions (forward compatibility testing).
Where to start testing from?
Firstly, if there is anything that feels out-of-place or is weird, it needs to be tested. Make a plan with the client and confirm which browsers, their versions, operating systems and devices need to be tested. Record the data of how the application tends to operate, and where.
There is a lot that goes on into compatibility testing.
This is exactly where credible testing teams that come in to help you identify and eliminate as many bugs in the early production life cycle and even after release, so that the customer and your business is not affected as much.