Like their desktop big brothers, not all mobile browsers are created equal, nor do they function the same. A merchant’s website may look and function differently on each one, which can lead to lost revenue.
Try these mobile browser compatibility-testing tools, below, to see how your own website looks and functions on various devices and browsers. These tools can test speed and function across various device browsers and test how your site looks in both portrait and landscape views.
We’ll look at Gomez.com’s Cross-Device Compatibility Test, BrowserCam’s Cross-Browser Screen Capture Test, Perfecto Mobile’s Handset Cloud Test, [CrossBrowserTesting.com’s (http://crossbrowsertesting.com/) Browser Compatibility Test, [Multi-Browser Viewer’s](http://www.multibrowserviewer.com/) software-based mobile browser emulators and [Usability Science’s](http://www.usabilitysciences.com/) third-party usability testing services. All of these have limited free trials that can roll into a monthly or flat fee.
Gomez.com Cross-Device Website Compatibility Test
The Gomez.com Cross-Device Compatibility Test produces a simple screenshot from a limited group of four device browsers. However, the test is free and the devices are the most popular four on the market: Nexus One Android running Chrome NX1 2.2, Apple iPhone running Safari 4.0, Apple iPad running Safari 3.2, and BlackBerry Storm2 running BlackBerry OS5 browser.
- Begin testing by going to the Gomez.com Instant Test Center at the top of the “Resources” drop-down. Or copy and paste this URL to access directly: http://www.gomez.com/resources/instant-test-center.
- Next, click the “Cross-Device Compatibility Test” at the lower right corner of the test center.
- Fill out the required information, including URL of the website you’d like to test. You will receive an email from Gomez within 24 hours with access to the test results.
- When the email is received, click the “View Results” link. The test results will appear in your browser at Gomez.com. Click on the thumbnails to see a large screenshot of how your website looks on four different mobile devices running four different mobile browsers.