What is and why have a Open Device Lab?
The fragmentation of operating systems and browsers as well as the diversity of internet-enabled devices makes it impossible for the majority of developers to personally own a representative collection of test devices. Nevertheless, quality assurance across real devices is a must to ensure a pleasant user experience, sufficient stability and security.
Open Device Labs (ODLs, #ODL) are a grass roots community movement. They establish shared community pools of internet connected devices for testing purposes of web and app developers. In result, ODLs lead to an ultimate improvement of the web & app experience both for developers and for consumers.
Many designers and developers have iPhones or very recent Android smartphones. Testing is often done on a developer's phone or in their desktop browser using spoofed user agents and device simulators, which is great for day-to-day development, but you should test on a wider range of real, physical devices that represent what your users will be using when they visit your site or use your app. Bugs and edge cases can be missed during development, if you don't test on the devices that your users are actually using.
The Fort Wayne Open Device Lab strives to maintain a collection of devices that drive the most traffic to sites and apps, as well as some older devices that can be problematic to develop for (particularly older Androids and Blackberries). In addition to mobile devices, the lab would like to provide desktop computer and SmartTV platforms to test on.
|DEVICE||OS||VERSION||SCREEN SIZE||DONATED BY|
|Phone 4||IOS||7.1||640 × 960 Retina||Brian Rowe|
|iPod 4th Gen||IOS||6.0||640 × 960 Retina||Brian Rowe|
|LG Optimus||Android||2.2.2||320 x 480||Brian Rowe|
|Samsung Galaxy Stellar||Android||4.1.2||480 x 800||Brian Rowe|
|Nextbook Tablet||Android||4.1.1||1024 X 768||Brian Rowe|
|Kindle Fire 2||Android||Based on 4.0.3||1024 x 600||Aaron Hockemeyer|
|Nokia Lumia 520||Windows||Windows Phone 8||480 x 800||Brian Rowe|
|HTC P4300||Windows||Windows Mobile 5||240 x 320||Brian Rowe|
|Blackberry Curve 8530||Blackberry||5.0||240 x 320||Anonymous|
|Blackberry Curve 9330||Blackberry||6.0||240 x 320||Brian Rowe|
We are still working on finding a permeant home for the device lab. If you know-of, or have a space available for the lab to use. Let us know.
Until a permeant home for the Fort Wayne Open Device Lab is found, the lab will operate as a "Mobile Lab". If you would like to use the lab, contact us and the lab can be borrowed at your location for testing.
Are you heading up a local developer conference or hackathon, let us know and you can barrow the lab for the event.Contact Us
The Fort Wayne Open Device Lab is proud to be part of the larger Open Device Lab initiative headed by Open Device Lab and LabUp! The Open Device Lab has launched the global campaign "DYDD" – Donate Your Dusty Device. If you have old internet connected devices laying around, consider donating them to an Open Device Lab. Open device labs are open for developers to use, to test their web sites and mobile apps so the end experience is better for all of us!
If you would like to donate a device, follow these 3 easy steps:
Send devices to:
Fort Wayne Open Device Lab
8902 Airport Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46809
If you are interested in using, helping, sponsoring, or contributing to the device lab get in-touch with us. The more people and companies that are involved, the more valuable the open device lab becomes as a resource for the community.