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In the pandemic situation of COVID-19, every business goes 100% digital. In this pandemic situation, every company has accelerated their online business through apps & software as it is the only way to keep communication alive with customers, so the need for testing has increased a lot.
A recent survey shows that when any business goes online, it’s hard for them to keep the quality of their product or their services because they need to cover at least 300,000 pages of apps or software.

So, let’s see top trends in visual automation testing in 2021 –

1. More Automation –

In the year 2021, there will be more visual Automation testing than manual testing. For the other trends let’s continue reading further.

2. Accessibility testing –

As more companies are going digital, the need for software with smooth accessibility has increased & that is the reason they need for accessibility testing also has increased.

A physically disabled person is now depending on digital services more for their daily activities like (education, banking, shopping, etc.).
So, it means that you have to perform accessibility testing of every software which your team is developing. You will see rapid growth in Accessibility testing of software in the year 2021 to improve customer’s experience.

3. Cloud-Based Software Development & Testing –

The pandemic situation of COVID-19 forces companies to go for cloud-based solutions as well. So, the year 2021 will be full of cloud-based software development & testing that software.

Automation will be the most crucial factor for this Cloud-based software testing. With the need for more automation, more companies will use
cloud-based web & mobile app automation testing to assure the quality of the services & products.

In this automation testing, you have to create a visual Automation that is run parallel for all browsers & devices. It will also follow the functional &
non-functional testing, which includes –

Security testing
Performance testing
accessibility testing
Chaos Engineering
Penetration testing
Robotic Process automation
Moving to cloud-based software development & testing will open more doors to cloud-based visual automation testing tools.

4. Cloud-based Collaboration testing tools –

Below are some examples of Cloud-based Collaboration testing tools which will bloom in the year 2021 –

Visual Validation Tools, these tools allow teams to support AI & human thoughts to collaborate & helps to verify that the software they are developing is functioning as per their expectation.

Applitool’s ultrafast visual grid takes screenshots of the browsers to the cloud. Then it generates the images of web pages on all browsers, viewport sizes & emulated devices that are requested by the tester.

Recently, open-source tools like SeleniumBase & Visual Regression Tracker are starting to add more visual testing functionality in visual automation testing.

When you put all digital assets on the cloud, it makes it easier for everyone to collaborate in a central location. There is also an availability of custom add-ons to share with your team than starting code from scratch.

5. AI-based software assistance –

When someone becomes more experienced in cloud-based development, the AI cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud & IBM Watson Cloud also increase.

In this digital era, users use websites to find all the solutions to their questions. Smart, AI-powered technologies like Artificial Intelligence Chatbots, customer sentiment analysis, machine learning & speech recognition technologies can help you to enhance the user experience.

6. Automation pipeline, not automation scripting –

In the year 2021, you need to focus on Automation Pipeline rather than Selenium Automation Scripting. For the Selenium Automation Pipeline you need to shift to Selenium 4. There are a lot of new upgrades in the Selenium Grid Architecture.

In this upgrade, selenium is also integrated into a new framework called Open telemetry, which allows distributed testing. This feature will work as a game-changer, as more companies are going cloud-native with the
micro-services architecture, systems will become more complex & this will become harder to debug.

7. Observability –

Observability through the tester’s perspective is “access to data that is both relevant & explorable”. As today’s software is more complex, you find a growing number of issues. These issues are “unknown unknowns”, which means that you are not able to figure out the issue without an observable system & you don’t have a standard starting point to work on it.
If you have a standard observable system, you can understand what is happening in your software.

8. API end-to-end monitoring –
API testing is a trend for years, in the year 2021 also it continues. Furthermore, in API testing, this trend will expand into the need to understand how to automate API tests & support it for monitoring purposes.

9. AI Data –
All cloud-based activity, automation script logs, reports, results & observability produces a ton of data. We will see a rise in predictive QA/automation testing tools & languages that work efficiently with R, Python & apache spark.
This thing concludes that you have to work more on automation pipeline than automation scripting.

10. Playwright –
You need to develop software which is not only fast but has quality. To achieve it, you need to validate a code without slowing down the development process. Due to this reason, headless testing has become more popular. Headless automation testing is faster to execute & it follows an easy process.
In the year 2021, a number of companies are using a Microsoft Playwright & creating solutions around it.

Conclusion –

The above are the top trends in visual automation testing. With help of this article you can decide what you want to learn to enhance your software testing study.

By Anurag Rathod

Anurag Rathod is an Editor of, who is passionate for app-based startup solutions and on-demand business ideas. He believes in spreading tech trends. He is an avid reader and loves thinking out of the box to promote new technologies.