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| [http://meegonetwork.fi/ldp Local Device Program] || Finland || Tampere || Nokia N900, N950, N9 || cybette at gmail, [http://twitter.com/cybette @cybette]
 
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| [http://opendevicelab.in/ Bangalore Open Device Lab] || India ||Bangalore || Nokia N900, N950, X3-02 || See Web site
 
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Revision as of 08:34, 30 November 2012

This article contains links to groups that maintain libraries of Nokia devices for loan to developers.

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Contents

Introduction

One of the biggest challenges for developers is getting access to a range of test devices. While simulator testing is pretty good, and Nokia's platform promise means that generally devices in a platform version are compatible, there are always exceptions where a particular app does not work on a particular device.

Nokia provides Remote Device Access (RDA) for remote testing on a large number of device variants. However not every device is present, and even if they were, there is nothing like the rapid turnaround cycle of being able to test on an actual device.

This article contains links to local device libraries and remote device access services we know about, along with further contact details. Please add any addition details about groups and what devices they have in the sections below.

Group list

Group Country City Devices Contacts
Helsinki Open Device Lab Finland Helsinki Lumia 800, C7, N900, 500, N95, 2700, E50 , E61i, N9, Asha 306 @viljamis
Local Device Program Finland Helsinki Nokia N900, N950, X3-02 matti.nelimarkka at hiit.fi
Local Device Program Finland Tampere Nokia N900, N950, N9 cybette at gmail, @cybette
Co.up Open Device Lab Germany Berlin Nokia N900, Lumia 610 and Lumia 800 opendevicelab at co-up.de
Bangalore Open Device Lab India Bangalore Nokia N900, N950, X3-02 See Web site
Open test lab Netherlands Amsterdam No Nokia devices, but iOS, Android, WP7 and more info at 80beans.com
Netvlies Open Device Lab Netherlands Breda Nokia 500 pverbeek at netvlies.nl
Clearleft Test Lab UK Brighton N9, N96, Lumia 800 http://clearleft.com/testlab/
LondonDeviceLab UK London Lumia 710 thedarkpoet at gmail @shaundunne
Exeter-Web Device Lab UK Exeter C3-01 About Exeter-Web
AJ Computers USA Marietta, GA No Nokia devices mobiledevicelab at ajcomputers.com
Device Lab DC USA Washington DC, No information Contact
Mobile testing lab USA Oakland, CA No Nokia devices Contact the lab
Mobile Portland USA Portland, OR TBD TBD
Nomad Device Lab South Africa Cape Town, Nokia N97, 5310 XpressMusic nomad at devicelab.co.za
modl Sweden Malmö No Nokia devices, but iOS, Android, WebOS modl at 1r.nu
Open Device Lab Zürich Switzerland Zurich Nokia E7, C3-01 mail at fliptation.ch
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For a more complete list of labs and devices available check out AVOID THE TAMAGOTCHIS – A LIST OF OPEN DEVICE LABS.

Contributing your devices to a library

If you have a spare device you're not using any more, why not contribute to one of the local libraries above? Then other developers can benefit, and of course if you need it, you can always borrow it back. Use the contact details provided above to arrange contribution.

Setting up a local device library

If there isn't a local device library in your area, then you may want to set one up yourself. Below is a brief Q&A with an existing library owner to give you a starting point.

What is the most important thing to think about when setting up a new library?
Having a well thought out mechanism to get new devices. If you don't have devices on call or all the devices are too old, then people won't use your service
How do you suggest getting devices then?
Obviously the best way is to have a contact within Nokia (or your OEM of choice). We've had a team of interested people so some have contributed their own devices, and we even grouped together and all pitched in for the odd device or two.
How do you manage the actual lending process?
Our aim is to keep the paperwork to a minimum. So we manage the lending through a google spreadsheet.
What about legal issues?
Lending is done on a trust basis, and we have yet to be let down. Again, our aim is to keep the paperwork to a minimum, so while we understand other groups might want some legal agreement with borrowers, we have chosen not to do so.
How do you find the time to manage all this?
At the moment the library use is manageable, so I have enough time. I certainly don't want hundreds of emails though, so if we were successful I'd have to look at sharing the load or having a more automated system.
This sounds interesting, I want to know more from the people that run other labs
There is an open initiative called LabUp! that you should check out. Many people have collected their ideas and experience there, you will find suggestions and ideas on how to run an open device lab in your area.
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