Phones per U - Achieving density with physical mobile devices in a 42U cabinet

We are a big believer in browser testing on the real devices, thus we offer real iPhones, iPads, and Android devices - not just simulators. Hosting these in a traditional server rack, however, is a challenge. As we have grown, we have evolved our techniques. We started out with dish racks. Yes, dish racks. Sitting on shelves in our 42U racks. Dish racks held the devices separate, similarly to the way it holds plates apart so they can dry, and worked pretty well for tablets (not so great for phones). You could put around 15 to 25 devices in a given shelf, and 4 shelves in a cabinet.

You asked for it... File uploads to the remote desktop

We get our best ideas from our customers. Over the last few months, we have gotten the following requests from our customers:

Also for desktop tests, the inclusion of image files in a range of formats (gif, png, jpeg etc.) would be very cool too...

Using the live test implementation is it possible to somehow upload a file (CSV, Text, Image) to the virtual machine ?

We need to upload documents to test our application order flow...

Paste via CMD/CTRL+V added to HTML5 client

Those of use that use our keyboards to quickly copy and paste text may have found the fact that you could not paste into a Live Test session a little limiting. Though we do offer a Send Text input field in the app, this requires extra clicks and can be a bit slow.

To address this issue with the HTML5 client, we added the ability to paste clipboard data from your local machine into a Live Test session.

Scripting with the local connection

We just added a feature with the command line local connection that will help with scripting.

The problem we solved with this option is that you did not know when the command line local connection was finished connecting. So now when you run a command line tunnel you can include the ready option.

java -jar cbttunnel.jar -auth -ready ./tunnel.ready

Added 'Hide Fixed Elements' for Improved Fullpage Screenshots

We added a new feature to Screenshots for fullpage results that hides fixed-position elements appropriately. This makes it easier to visually verify layout down the fully-scrolled web page when fixed elements are not blocking the view.

Read more and see an example in our FAQ.

Great article on cross browser testing and IE

We always love it when we get mentioned :)

Here is a great article from the guys at FVM Strategic Communications about how they used our site to help them with the ever present IE problem.

Great article.

Physical Android devices added to screenshot engine

You can now test your page layout on a wide range of real, physical Android devices via our screenshot engine. We have been busy enabling Appium to run against our banks of physical Android devices, and this is now being used by our screenshot engine. This includes the following devices:

Nexus 5
Nexus 7
Samsung S3
Samsung S4
Samsung S5
Samsung Note3
Samsung Tab 2

Screenshot UI now shows layout differences

Updated screenshot UI to better show comparison to your base browser - automatically spot layout differences from the screenshot result page. In glance, you can see the number of layout differences for each screenshot in respect to the base browser. Switch the base browser from this screen also.

Happy Testing ;)

Live Test app redesign

After years of focusing on the technical superiority of Cross Browser Testing, we've begun focusing on our service's user experience. Our focus on the superior functionality of the service took our resources away from design and left us with a utilitarian interface. We have heard from you over the years that the interface and flow could be much improved, and we agree.

These are the Droids you are looking for

Have you ever needed to test layout and functionality of mobile browsers on real mobile devices, but didn't have the budget or time to buy and maintain your own hardware? Our Live Testing for Android solves that problem.

Launch and switch devices in seconds. Test actual Android devices, not emulators — they are more accurate, faster (MUCH FASTER), and run all the browsers, including the stock Android browser, Chrome, Firefox, Opera Mobile, Dolphin, and more.

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