Archive for the 'Testing' Category

Android Fragmentation

Friday, May 30th, 2008

The Register reports from Google I/O that Android will offer an i-Phone-like App Store.
The more interesting part of the report is at the end - after all, how will such an app store determine what applications are compatible with what phones?…
"They can add to it. They can remove from it. They make it their […]


Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

I came across Mob4Hire this week. A new site that provides "Crowd Sources Mobile Application Testing". The developer submits projects involving specific handsets and network operators. End users bid on projects and get paid via Paypal.
It’s often the case that an application is tested but fails in real-life use due to limitation of some random […]

Perpetual Beta

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

On the Nokia Beta Labs blog there’s an interesting post and discussion on the meaning of ‘beta’. Many people accept that in the web world ‘beta’ now means the product or service will work as expected and continually evolve. However, it’s my experience that many ‘mass market’ users will actively avoid trying an installable mobile […]

CppUTest Unit Test Framework

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Artem at Agile Software Development has extended the CppUTest unit test framework to support Symbian descriptors and leaves. There’s also a heavily commented example how to use the framework.
If you are looking into unit test tools then you might also like to consider Penrillian’s Symbian OS Unit and Symbian Test Unit.

paca Mobile Center

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

At one of the London Mobile Mondays I came across the paca mobile center. It’s a facility in Marseille and Sophia Antipolis, France that fills the gap between buying all test devices yourself or outsourcing to a 3rd party test house.
For 300 Euro per day or 6000 Euro/year (both +VAT) startups can gain access to between 400 and 500 […]

Motorola Z8 Testing

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

One of the problems of application development is that it’s often not possible to test on phones that are about to be released. This is especially the case when you are in a country where phones arrive late to the market.
Sometimes it’s possible to ask phone OEM’s for pre-production phones but often there aren’t […]

Testing Across Devices

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

The London Mobile Monday Yahoo group has an interesting thread on phone testing. The problem is the need to test against a large number of different handsets and networks. It’s obviously not possible to buy every phone and visit every country to test every network. The following diagram from Zanan shows how the increasing number of services […]

GMail via Java ME

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

I just had a play with Google’s new Java ME application that allows faster and easier access to GMail.
The press release says…
"It is currently compatible with all J2ME-enabled phones in the U.S. and works with a variety of carrier service plans."
I am in the UK but I thought I’d give it a go anyway. […]