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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Virtual Browser?

A Virtual Browser is one that is separated physically from the underlying operating system of a specific device. A developer or a QA can access different browsers online like Chrome, Safari, Firefox, all of which are hosted on cloud servers.

Why do Developers and QA testers use Virtual Browsers?

Developers and QA testers prefer using virtual browsers for testing the performance of their web-applications on different browsers. Virtual browser testing enables a QA to ensure that a site is cross-browser compatible

Often, developers and testers may opt for testing their website on virtual browsers that run on virtual machines. A virtual machine essentially replicates a different device on a user’s terminal. The virtual machine operates in a window, offering the end-user the experience of using it like any other device/OS. It is sandboxed from the host system, thus preventing it from interfering with the host computer. 

What are the disadvantages of using a Virtual Machine for Browser Testing?

Using a virtual machine for browser testing entails the following limitations:

  • Virtual machines tend to be slow, which makes testing more time-consuming than it needs to be. 
  • Virtual machines can only mimic a device, but cannot replicate real user conditions like hardware and software configurations. They don’t let the tester monitor their website behavior in real-world situations. 

Why is a Real Device Cloud preferred over VMs for Browser Testing?

A Real Device Cloud enables a developer or a QA to test their web-applications on physical devices. This allows developers to analyze accurate test outcomes. With a real device, they can view how the website operates in the hands of end-users in the real world. 

A Real Device Cloud supports website or web app testing with natural gestures, battery consumption, GPS simulation, and IP geolocation. QA testers can share bugs with Developers via JIRA, Trello, GitHub, and Slack. They can also integrate with their favorite tools like Jenkins, CircleCI, etc. using CI/CD plugins  

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