It’s been another tumultuous year, to say the least, both in our everyday lives and in the world of software testing. If nothing else, most of us can say that we’ve learned a thing or two in 2017.
Of course, what’s really stuck out to us is the number of occurrences that continue to prove why using a cross-browser testing tool is so critical. Here’s a roundup of our top 9 from 2017:
- iPhone X – Apple turned the world of smartphones on its head once again with the release of iPhone X. While the notch feature may be controversial, the larger screen suggests a new era of responsive design and emphasizes purposeful UI choices. Organizations that don’t test for emerging technology, and mobile devices in particular, will be left behind by their more cutting-edge competitors who place a larger emphasis on mobile testing. In this way, the iPhone X has exemplified the importance of staying on top of new and popular devices in testing.
- iOS 11 – For the iPhone users that may not be convinced to order the X in light of its hefty price tag, the iOS 11 update made its way into their lives with promise of more emojis, upgraded photo filters, a shiny new App store, redesigned control center, and smarter Siri. This means, however, that as more Apple addicts adopt the most recent iOS, you have to test on it, while keeping a few older iOS versions on hand as well (hint: we do that for you). And, if you’ve been avoiding iOS 11 because you heard there were a few autocorrect glitches, you can use us for that too.
- Selenium Conference – It’s obvious that the testing community’s support continues to grow and grow for Selenium, and this open source tool isn’t going anywhere, as proven by the growing popularity of Selenium Conference. On the contrary, it’s predicted to become even more widely adopted in the next few years. As automation engineers become better acquainted with best practices in Selenium, the need for cloud testing tools to more effectively and efficiently run scripts will rise as well. Not to mention, open source projects have been and will continue to be heavily supported by the testing community.
- Year of Chrome – Google Chrome has been users’ most beloved browser for some time now. While most can agree on Chrome’s superiority, Google doesn’t differ from other browser brands with their release history. By putting out multiple versions every year, Google can really mess with a cross-browser testing strategy that heavily relies on Chrome. In 2017 alone, Chrome had eight browser version releases. But don’t worry, we had all of them within 24 hours of release, plus a plethora of historical versions…all the way down to Chrome 6.
- Firefox Quantum – Of course, we can’t forget the other big browser news this year. In fact, with the release of Firefox Quantum and it’s new lightning fast speeds, some may be willing to abandon Chrome altogether. It’s a good thing we have the browser for your users who have already moved to Firefox — and you don’t even have to switch over to see what all the fuss is about.
- SmartBear State of Testing Survey – As per SmartBear’s first State of Testing Survey, the majority of over 5,000 professionals in Software Development, QA, and Testing agreed on the importance of cross-browser testing and include it in their workflows. Two-thirds of survey participants reported testing on mobile devices, and 80 percent of respondents reported testing on more than one mobile device. Additionally, 77 percent of respondents are doing some parallel testing by running at least two UI tests in parallel. Though the survey showed there was still much to be improved, we see a clear adoption of best cross-browser testing practices with the prediction of more to come in 2018.
- CBT Product Updates – You reached out to us, and we listened. Actually, we did better than listen, because we implemented a lot of new features that you requested in 2017. From the option to fast forward video playback, to test reporting, and our new integration with Applitools Eyes, CrossBrowserTesting just keeps getting better and better to provide you the most comprehensive browser testing tool on the market.
- #WhyTestingMatters – Whether it’s affected you personally or professionally, everyone has encountered examples of why software testing matters. From autocorrect glitches to compromised traffic predictions, testing can be the difference between gaining new customers with a great product or sacrificing your brand’s reputation. Similarly, cross-browser testing oversights happen every day. Don’t be the website that only works on Google Chrome — test the application before it’s released to your customers.
- Nokia 3310 – Look, we’re not saying that a ton of people are going to trade in their smartphones for a slice of the simple life or just to play Snake on the revamped Nokia 3310. All we’re saying is that we have Opera Mini if they do.
Looking Towards 2018
As we make our way into the new year, we predict to see these underlying themes further evolve. Many of these patterns that we’ve seen will continue to grow, and trends like automated testing, open source software, faster delivery cycles, DevOps, Agile, cloud-based testing, and mobile testing will become the standard for QA teams in 2018.