How to Test Progressive Web Apps
June 11, 2018

Your Guide to Testing Progressive Web Apps

Progressive Web Applications

“Always be testing on real world hardware”

~ Owen Campbell-Moore, @owencm -- From the article: Designing Great UIs for Progressive Web Apps

In our recent webinar, we took a look at some of the issues related to testing progressive web apps. We offered a full testing strategy consisting of 6 pillars.

In addition, we specifically highlighted the various options and differences for testing web apps as they relate to iOS and Android. The PWA framework for iOS and Android are implemented and “installed” differently on each platform, making their test automation activities different.

For Android, an APK file is installed on the device. On iOS, a light version of the Safari web browser-based app is installed. Due to unique app characteristics on each platform, a standard Appium approach — as well as other common test frameworks — fails to identify their app objects, to launch them, and to handle other typical mobile scenarios.

2 Methods for Testing PWAs on Mobile OS:

  • PWA test method: visual-based testing across iOS and Android
PWA Web Testing android 1
  • PWA test method: unique mobile native commands that support the PWA framework (see below screenshots)
PWA Mobile Native Command 1
PWA Mobile Native Command 2

A survey that was conducted during the webinar. It seems clear that curiosity in the market is ramping up and people are starting to explore the emerging PWA technology. Given that PWAs are on the rise, having the know-how and tools to develop, debug, and test these apps is obviously a key to success. PWA tests will need to be executed to ensure seamless user experiences.

PWA Survey Results

Progressive Web Apps Are About to Revolutionize the Digital Landscape

Many organizations are either shifting their current responsive web apps to a PWA framework or considering making the change in the near future.

Like all apps, PWAs need to be thoroughly tested. A PWA test ensures that users get exceptional digital experiences.

Perfecto can help you test PWAs. With Perfecto, you can:

  • Automate more tests.
  • Boost test coverage.
  • Scale with parallel testing.
  • Accelerate faster than ever.

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