Sauce Labs Review: Cross Browser Testing Across Every Desktop, Tablet and Mobile Platform

While you can resize your screen and use browser emulation such as the Toggle Device Mode within the Inspect Element tool in Google Chrome, you can get an idea of how your responsive website looks across different devices, there are still quirks within each device operating system that will render specific elements differently. To get an idea of how your website actually looks across the different platforms, you would need to test on the actual device or have an emulator that emulates everything from the operating system level—and that is exactly what Sauce Labs offers:

Pros:

  • Affordable for small business owners, entrepreneurs, web designers and web developers
  • Ability to rotate certain device platforms including iPhone and iPad
  • Automated testing is available for tech start ups and larger businesses
  • Cross platform test across virtually any major OS and browser
  • Can test across multiple OS (operating systems) simultaneously and toggling between OS by clicking the corresponding Tabs
  • Ability to view another user’s quality assurance session with Spy feature
  • Ability to create sub accounts
  • Detailed logs so you can recreate any previous environment and runtime settings via Appium Log and Metadata
  • Highly scalable for quality assurance professionals and large companies with the Selenium automation support

Cons:

  • Automated Testing is complex and not easily deployable by the average entrepreneur, business owner or webmaster
  • Cannot see in 100% zoom of emulation OS, which causes the screen elements to display blurry
  • Hard to manually log multiple bugs individually via video Snapshots since it captures the whole session with Manual Testing

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Google Mobile Friendly Algorithm

This is a continuously updated blog post on the Google Mobile Friendly Algorithm that is scheduled to roll out on 4/21/2015.

The Google Mobile Friendly algorithm change will affect websites that are not mobile friendly. Google urges business owners to shift to responsive websites or at minimum, have a mobile website. Websites that are not mobile friendly will lose their rankings in mobile search, which makes up the majority of searches today.

Read my article published on Bloomberg Business:

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Yan S. Huang shares his tips to prepare for the Google Mobile Friendly algorithm change that rolls out beginning 4/21/2015:

1. Check Health of Your Website in Google Webmaster Tools

A. Setup: If you do not have Google Webmaster Tools, have your webmaster set it up. It should take no more than 15 minutes, assuming they have proper access to your website.

B. Adding URL Aliases: You want to add all variations of your website URL to Google Webmaster Tools including www.*, https://* and https://www.*. for e-commerce websites and m.* for your mobile website.

C. Check Important Updates: Once logged into Google Webmaster Tools, go to Messages to check if there are any issues that Google wants you to fix.

D. Check Crawl Errors: Click into Crawl and then Crawl Errors. Be sure to check under the Desktop, Smartphone, Feature phone tabs and underneath each device category, check the Server error, Access denied, Not found and Blocked sub tabs, if it displays errors.

E. Check Pages Indexed: Click into Google Index and then Index Status to see if the “Total indexed” reflects on how many pages in your website, roughly. If this number does not match up, check your sitemap.xml and possibly robots.txt, if there are any access denied pages.

2. Check Your Website Using The Google Mobile Friendly Test Tool

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

In rare occasions, if the Mobile Friendly Test tool indicates that your website is mobile friendly but Google Webmaster Tools indicates otherwise, listen to Webmaster Tools.

3. Check Your Website on a Mobile Device

The best way to see if a website is truly mobile friendly is to check on a smart phone and tablet, preferably on iPhone, iPad and Android. I have seen many occasions of web developers, especially for small businesses, launching responsive websites that appeared broken on an iPhone. It turned out their only method of testing was resizing their web browser window. This should be the first but of many quality assurance use cases.

 

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