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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Browser Emulator?
The term browser emulator refers to software that mimics the functionality of popular web browsers available in the market. For example, a Firefox emulator will provide the same look and feel of an actual Firefox browser when a website is opened on it.
Why do QAs use Browser Emulators?
When a web application is developed, it needs to be tested for cross browser compatibility. In such cases, QAs use browser emulators to evaluate how well a website renders on that specific browser. It also helps QAs to gain deeper insights into the usability and responsiveness of the website on a particular browser.
What are the advantages of using a Browser Emulator?
Using browser emulators of multiple browsers helps QAs to view their website on different browsers instantly. They do not need to download and install each browser separately. It also enables QAs to quickly identify any UI or compatibility bugs.
Are online web browser emulators reliable for testing?
Online web browser emulators can be useful in the initial phases of development. However, they usually do not provide 100% accurate results. This is because no emulator can replicate all features of a real browser. Furthermore, they do not operate the way a browser would on a real device, thus missing out on a major part of real-world user experience.
Why do developers or QAs prefer testing on a Real Device Cloud compared to a Web Browser Emulator?
Using a Real Device Cloud helps developers and QAs test their web applications on real browsers installed on a real desktop and mobile devices. This ensures that the web application is comprehensively tested for browser and devices operating in real-user conditions.
How does BrowserStack help testers with a Real Device Cloud for testing?
BrowserStack’s Real Device Cloud offers interactive testing on 2000+ real browsers and devices (both mobile and desktop). QAs can test websites on leading browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera and more. On BrowserStack, QAs can also access in-built developer tools, thus enabling easy identification and resolution of bugs and glitches. Simply sign-up and start testing for free.