Which devices and web browsers we support by default

By Michael Argentini
Managing Partner, Technology and Design

Operating systems, devices, and web browsers are constantly changing. This page explains how we approach supporting such a moving target.

For more information about relevant platforms, visit our Tech Trends site to see a cross-section of device, operating system, and web browser usage over the last twelve months.

Operating Systems

Operating systems change frequently (typically yearly), and point releases and patches in-between can cause them to behave differently. This is especially true of Google Android. That said, we generally test with the following operating systems.

  • Apple iOS
  • Apple OS X
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Google Android
  • Various flavors of Linux (optional; talk to us!)

Fynydd supports the current and two prior major versions of Microsoft Windows. So when Windows 10 was released, we began to support Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7; all with the latest updates.

Since Apple OS X and iOS upgrades are free and distributed to everyone, we typically support the current and one prior version; all with the latest updates. Check the Apple Developer App Store support site for more information.

Google Android is uniquely tough to support as carrier partners don't generally allow OS upgrades, so there are a bunch of different versions out there. We do our best to support the current version of Google Android, as well as several prior point releases to cover 80% of real-world configurations at the time of launching a client web app. Check the Google Android Dashboards for more information.

We do offer support for older operating systems, but development costs will be increased to cover the additional work required for devleopment and testing to ensure across-the-board compatibility.

Web Browser Support

Web browsers and operating systems change all the time. Sometimes it's hard for consumers and corporate America to keep up! Fortunately, we do. Here's your guide to the web browsers and operating systems we typically support, unless a client has special needs. The following is subject to change at any time. Contact your Fynydd representative for the latest information.

Browser Platforms

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Edge
  • Safari

Fynydd supports the current and two prior major versions of each browser listed above. So in the example of Internet Explorer, when Windows 10 was released, we began to support Edge, IE 11, and IE 10. We do offer support for older web browsers, but development costs will be increased to cover the additional work required for devleopment and testing to ensure across-the-board compatibility.

Desktop Testing

Following are some example testing suites we use during development, and any QA process. The goal is to mimic real-world configurations as often as possible.

Microsoft Windows

  • Windows 10
    Chrome (latest)
    Edge (latest)
    Firefox (latest)
    Internet Explorer 11
  • Windows 8.1
    Chrome (latest)
    Firefox (latest)
    Internet Explorer 11
  • Windows 7
    Chrome (latest)
    Firefox (latest)
    Internet Explorer 11

Apple macOS

  • OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
    Chrome (latest)
    Firefox (latest)
    Safari (latest)
  • OS X 10.12 (Sierra)
    Chrome (latest)
    Firefox (latest)
    Safari (latest)
  • OS X 10.13 (High Sierra)
    Chrome (latest)
    Firefox (latest)
    Safari (latest)

Mobile Device Testing

It's impossible to test on every device, but we endeavor to test on the most common devices to catch any problems with outliers. Here's a rundown of some of the devices we test on. Some devices have the same specs as others, and allow us to be more thorough in less time. For example, the first generation iPad Mini has the same specs as the 2nd Gen iPad.

Apple iOS

We test mobile Safari on iOS on the following device configurations:

  • iPhone 6/Plus
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone X
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Pro (10.5inch)

Google Android

We test the built-in Android Browser and Google Chrome on the following device configurations:

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 & S4
  • Google Nexus 7 & 10
  • HTC One M8
  • Motorola Moto X

We also use tools like the Android Studio Emulator and the Apple Xcode Simulator. Carrier partners like AT&T and Verizon will often install their own software, which can override the default Android Browser. Since these are so volatile, we don't test these configurations.

Article last updated on 4/28/2018

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