The team at Rainforest is happy to announce that Rainforest Exploratory testing can now be utilized to test mobile web and native mobile applications in the bug-finding capacity.* This article covers how Rainforest Mobile Exploratory testing works and which Rainforest platforms are available for Mobile Exploratory testing. 

How it works:

Mobile web and native mobile applications can now be tested with Rainforest Exploratory testing through Rainforest's mobile virtual machines. To test mobile web applications, testers will utilize the mobile browser installed on the selected mobile platform to execute the Exploratory testing. To test native applications, the tested application must be set up in Rainforest in same manner for Rainforest regression testing for testers to access it.

Input instructions for Mobile Web Exploratory testing

Inputting instructions for Mobile Web Exploratory testing differs slightly between runs intended to test out a mobile website versus a native mobile application. While both types of runs require inputting instructions into the Exploratory instruction form, what is inputted into the URL field differs based on the type of run. 

For a mobile web Exploratory run, the URL inputted is usually the same URL as for the desktop web version of the application. After selecting the mobile virtual machines that you'd like for your Exploratory testers to test on, fill in the rest of the form as you would a regular web Exploratory run with login credentials, an overview of the task and any areas that the testers should ignore.

Input instructions for Native Application Exploratory testing

Inputting instructions for native application Exploratory testing is slightly more complex than mobile web Exploratory testing as there is some setup required before hand. First to note, to have Exploratory testers conduct testing on a mobile application, that application must be set up in Rainforest. See here for details on how to set up your Android application for testing and here for setting up an iOS application.

To direct testers to your mobile application in the URL field of the Exploratory instruction form, input the source URL that points to your application in the URL field; this will indicate to our testers to use Rainforest VMs to access your application. Please also be sure to select the correct mobile virtual machines in the browser selection panel.

Supported Platforms for Mobile Exploratory Testing

  • Android Tablet Portrait (Android 6.0) - Chrome 58.0.3029.83
  • Android Tablet Landscape (Android 6.0) - Chrome 58.0.3029.83
  • Android Phone Portrait (Android 6.0) - Chrome 58.0.3029.83
  • Android Phone Landscape (Android 6.0) - Chrome 58.0.3029.83
  • iPhone 4S (iOS 8.0) - Safari 10.0
  • iPhone 6 (iOS 8.0) - Safari 10.0 
  • iPhone 6 (iOS 9.3) - Safari 10.0
  • iPhone 6+ (iOS 9.3) - Safari 10.0
  • iPhone 6S (iOS 10.0) - Safari 10.0
  • iPhone 6S+ (iOS 10.0) - Safari 10.0

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