DeviceAnywhere, a provider of mobile application testing technology, and the Symbian Foundation launch the Symbian Virtual Developer Lab.
DeviceAnywhere, a provider of mobile application
testing technology, and the Symbian Foundation recently launched the Symbian
Virtual Developer Lab.
The VDL leverages DeviceAnywhere's technology to
enable the delivery of tools for the open-source community to build and bring
innovative mobile applications to market faster. Through the VDL, Symbian
Foundation members will have remote access to a range of Symbian supported
handsets, including the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, the first touch-screen Symbian
device and the Nokia N97, with additional devices being added as the project
By using DeviceAnywhere's patented Direct-To-Device
technology, developers will be able to remotely perform real-world testing
scenarios with physical devices from anywhere in the world, company officials
said. The technology enables developers to remotely press buttons,
listen to ringtones and sounds, play videos, access the Internet, and view LCD
displays with pixel-by-pixel representations for accurate image and text
matching that display exactly what the consumer would view, DeviceAnywhere
"The Symbian Foundation is pleased to announce the
delivery of the Symbian VDL as part of the wide range of resources available
for developer support," said Larry Berkin, head of Global Alliances and the U.S. office for the Symbian Foundation, in a
statement. "The Symbian VDL will greatly benefit our community by
lowering the cost of the development and testing of mobile applications. We
welcome all solutions that lower the barrier to entry for developers and allow
them to be more creative, and DeviceAnywhere is a notable example of an
innovative company providing such solutions. We look forward to more Symbian
devices being available for testing via the VDL, so that developers can easily
target the biggest mobile application opportunity available today."
DeviceAnywhere automatically captures screen shots and
keystrokes, allowing for easy review of development and testing activities,
company officials said. These reports can then be saved and sent to colleagues
to allow for analysis and error proofing. Additionally, videos can also be
recorded and used in a similar manner, or marketed to potential distributors
and application stores.
"To date, expensive licenses and device requirements
surrounding development have limited access for many smaller developers or
content providers," said Faraz Syed, CEO of DeviceAnywhere. "DeviceAnywhere was created to help developers
of all sizes overcome the barriers to entry into the mobile application space
and help solve the problems of fragmentation in mobility. The Symbian
Foundation represents an opportunity for a truly open mobile ecosystem,
something that I and many industry analysts strongly believe represents a key
component in the future success of the mobile industry. This relationship with
the Symbian Foundation is great progress toward an open mobile ecosystem."
Meanwhile, company officials said DeviceAnywhere will
be giving every member of the Symbian Foundation 5 free hours of access to the
Symbian VDL in addition to complimentary DeviceAnywhere accounts.