When the time comes to test how various implementations of different types of browsers actually work with a particular application, much trial and error still exist. Despite the rise of application testing services in the cloud, testing browser compatibility against a production application is still problematic. More often than not, when testing does occur, it’s against a replica of the application running in a different environment, being accessed by browsers that might not even have any of the plug-ins that the application may need to support in a production environment.
Google this week began to make its staged release feature available to Android developers. The idea behind this functionality is to let app writers seed their applications to a small number of users to ensure there are no bugs before a wider rollout to the entire installed base.