New Features in Web and App Automation

Web Automation

Google Lighthouse Report for Playwright Testing 💈 

You can now view the Lighthouse Performance Metrics while running Playwright tests on the LambdaTest cloud. By generating the Lighthouse report, you can view the following performance metrics: 

  • Performance 
  • Accessibility 
  • Best Practices 
  • SEO 
  • Progressive Web App

Currently, LambdaTest supports Lighthouse Audits on Chrome, Edge, and Chromium browsers. 

Refer to documentation:  View Lighthouse Performance Metrics for Playwright. 

Identify and Highlight CDP Errors in Command Logs  

Now you can identify failed command logs at a glance on the LambdaTest Automation Dashboard, allowing you to highlight error command logs instantly. For Playwright, Puppeteer, Taiko, and K6 tests, you can view both the passed and failed status of command logs. This feature makes troubleshooting and debugging easier, as you are able to pinpoint the specific command that caused the error.

Introducing Max Duration for Test Session Timeout 🔴 

For Cypress tests, you can specify a maximum time limit for the test to execute before it is automatically stopped, thus freeing up resources for other tests to execute. Please refer to the documentation Max Duration for Test Session Timeout.

APP AUTOMATION
 

Support for Regular Expression in Playwright Android Testing 🎭 

There may be instances in which the selected device is unavailable when conducting tests on LambdaTest. As a result, Regular Expression (REGEX) comes in handy by expanding the search criteria in order to find alternative devices for testing. 

We have now enabled the support for Regular Expression to fetch device names that are available for Playwright testing on Android devices.

For more details, check the documentation Capabilities for Playwright Android Testing.

Disable Screenshot Block for Android Testing 📱 

LambdaTеst now provides Disable Screenshot Block feature (in Beta) for real Android devices, providing a valuablе solution for mobile app tеsting when dealing with applications that imposе rеstrictions on taking scrееnshots. 

With this feature, you can disablе thе scrееnshot block for Android dеvicеs and perform tеsting without еncountеring any disruptions likе black scrееns or missеd scrееnshots duе to thе app's inhеrеnt propеrtiеs.  

Disable Screenshot Block is supported in Real Time App Testing and App Automation. 

Refer to the documentation Disable Screenshot Block for Android.

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Basic Authentication Support for Safari Web Automation

Hey folks 😀 

We are pleased to announce the basic authentication support for Safari browser automation on real iOS devices. 🔐 

To еnablе Basic Authеntication in Safari for tеsting iOS wеb applications,  wе havе implеmеntеd a nеw Lambda Hook spеcifically dеsignеd for iOS rеal dеvicе wеb sеssions. It's important to note that this Lambda Hook is not compatiblе with app-basеd sessions.  

For more details, please refer to our documentation Basic Authentication for Safari Web Automation.

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SmartUI & Analytics: Latest Features and Enhancements

Our team is excited to announce the new features and enhancements to LambdaTest's SmartUI and Analytics Platform. Let's take a look at them.

SmartUI

Test on Edge Browser 🌐 

SmartUI now supports Edge browser in addition to other supported browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and more. Using Storybook, you can test your software application's UI components on the Edge browser to ensure they function and render perfectly.

Capture Full Page Screenshots with Auto-Height Detection 📷 

Earlier A/B testing of images with SmartUI requires you to take full-page screenshots to make more informed decisions. In addition, capturing full-page screenshots in Storybook also requires manual configuration of the page height.

With the Auto Height Detection feature, now you can capture full-page screenshots by automatically detecting and adjusting the page height and avoid the hassle of manually specifying the height parameter in the configuration file.

Integration of GitHub App with Playwright 🔁 

SmartUI now integrates the GitHub App with Playwright, allowing you to link your GitHub repositories directly to your LambdaTest's SmartUI accounts. 

With SmartUI, you and your teams can easily share test scripts, review changes, and provide feedback within their GitHub repositories. With any CI tool on GitHub, you can get information about the status of visual regression builds and pull and push requests.

Analytics

LambdaTest Test Analytics Templates 📰 

With the new Test Analytics Templates, you can now access pre-built templates that provide comprehensive insight into your test results, making it easier to analyze and interpret the information. 

These templates provide a structured framework for the presentation of test analytics, allowing you to customize and visualize their data in a visual and meaningful manner. You and your teams can save time and effort by leveraging these templates instead of creating test reports from scratch.

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New Features Galore in Real Devices

Hey folks 😀 

Our team has been highly productive during the past couple of weeks, so we are thrilled to present you with an array of fresh and exciting new features in real device testing.

Let's take a look 👇 

🔹 Real Device Integration with HyperExecute 

Say goodbye to procuring virtual devices and embrace the true power of real devices with HyperExecute. With the Real Device and HyperExecute integration, you can test on a wide range of mobile devices at blazing-fast speeds over the cloud, empowering teams to supercharge their app testing process, accelerating time to market, and ensuring exceptional quality.

To get started, check our step-by-step guide Real Device Integration with HyperExecute.

🔹 Flutter Dart Testing

With Dart as its programming language, Flutter enables the fast development of mobile apps with a highly productive, extensible, and open-source set of features. 

Now harness the immense capabilities of Flutter Dart and LambdaTest's Real device cloud and ensure your mobile app functions flawlessly across different mobile devices and platforms.

Check our documentation to get started with Flutter Dart Testing on LambdaTest.

🔹 Install and Uninstall Apps in App Automation Scripts

You can install and uninstall specified applications within app automation scripts via webhooks. These commands can be executed using the script execution functionality of the WebDriver. You can install apps that have been uploaded to the LambdaTest platform within your automation scripts. 

For more details, visit our guide, Install and Uninstall Apps in App Automation Scripts.

🔹Biometric Authentication for Android 

LambdaTest now supports biometric authentication on real Android devices. With this new feature, you can test the biometric authentication functionality in your mobile apps to ensure that the app provides an optimal user experience on various devices and platforms.

Head over to our documentation to get started with Biometric Authentication.

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Introducing the LambdaTest New Application Life Cycle Policy

Hey folks 👋 

In our ongoing effort to provide a seamless and efficient testing environment, we at LambdaTest are implementing a new Application Life Cycle Policy. 

As of 25th June 2023, any application uploaded to our platform will remain available for a duration of 90 days from the upload date. After this period, the application will be automatically deleted from our cloud.

This policy change aims to manage system resources more effectively, ensuring high performance for all end-users and customers. We recognize the importance of your applications in your testing processes. Therefore, we highly recommend maintaining local backups of your applications to prevent any disruptions to your workflows.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this new policy, please feel free to reach out to our dedicated support team.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we continue to improve our services to suit your needs better.

Live with New Widget: Job Queue Time Trends

Now visualize your job queue time in an easy-to-read time-series plot using the Job Queue Time Trends widget for HyperExecute. It enables you to see how much time each job spends in the queue before execution, giving you an overview of your testing pipeline's efficiency. 🕛

How this widget helps you?
  1. Identify bottlenecks: By monitoring your job queue time, you can quickly identify potential bottlenecks and take necessary actions to improve the efficiency of your testing pipeline.
  2. Optimize resource allocation: Understanding your job queue time helps you make informed decisions about resource allocation, ensuring that your testing infrastructure is used optimally.
  3. Improved collaboration: Share insights from the Job Queue Time Widget with your team members to foster collaboration and improve your testing processes.

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Voices of Community: The New Tool On The Block Playwright

Join us on April 26th, 2023, for the next episode of Voices of Community on The 'New Tool On The Block' Playwright 📺 

🕛  8:30 - 9:30 PM IST | 11:00 - 12:00 PM EST 

Save Your Spot 👈 

Speakers 🎤 

  • 👤 Butch Mayhew - Head of Quality and Reliability, Tilled & Playwright Ambassador
  • 👤 Manoj Kumar - VP - DevRel and OSPO, LambdaTest

In this episode of Voices of Community, Butch Mayhew shares his learning journey in building automated tests with Playwright, how to leverage it in CI/CD pipelines, top features of Playwright, and more.

LambdaTest Analytics: Widget Enhancements and New Features

We are glad to announce the latest release of LambdaTest Analytics, featuring significant enhancements to Edit Widget functionality, improved metric customization, and much more. 📊 

Below is a summary of the new features and improvements:

 Customize Widgets with Display Options

We have expanded the customization capabilities for our widgets. You can now modify the visualization of the widgets more easily, with options including:

  • Changing the graph type to suit the data representation better.
  • Showing or hiding graph legends for a cleaner and more focused view.

Ability to Change Metrics on Widget Views

Now you can control the percentage value displayed on the card widgets for Test Summary and Test Case Health Snapshot for Web Automation, App Automation, and HyperExecute. This added flexibility would help better tailor the displayed metrics to your specific project needs.

View or Hide Parallel and Queued Annotations

We have added a new display option for Concurrency Trends, giving you the ability to show or hide parallel and queued annotation lines. This feature will help you focus on the most relevant information while analyzing concurrency trends.

 Bonus addition:

📌 LambdaTest now supports web automation testing with Selenium 4.8.0.

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View App Profiling for Appium Tests

Looking to enhance your mobile app's performance? 🔍

LambdaTest' App Automation now supports App Profiling (Beta) for Appium Automation Tests.

Identify performance bottlenecks, and deliver a seamless mobile experience with comprehensive App Profiling metrics like CPU Consumption, Memory Consumption, Battery, Temperature, and more. 💻📈 

📕 Check out our support document to get started with App Profiling.

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Voices of Community: Clean Coding Practices for Test Automation (Part 2)

Join us on March 23rd, 2023, for the next episode of Voices of Community on Clean Coding Practices for Test Automation (Part 2) 📺 

🕛  9:00-10:30 AM EST | 6:30-8:00 PM IST

SAVE YOUR SPOT 👈 

 Speakers 🎤 

  • 👤 Sai Krishna - Lead Consultant, Thoughtworks
  • 👤 Srinivasan Sekar - Lead Consultant, Thoughtworks 

In this webinar, we will take up real-world scenarios to showcase clean coding practices for test automation. We will dissect existing test automation code, from identifying code smells to fixing them.

It is a continuation of our previous webinar on Clean Coding Practices for Test Automation.

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