Access Device Cloud Devices with deviceBridge™
deviceBridge from Mobile Labs gives mobile app and web developers as well as Appium app/web testers all the benefits of a secure, high-performance, high-availability mobile device cloud. deviceBridge breaks the bonds and limitations of only having one or a few mobile devices attached to a workstation by USB cable, and instead creates a “virtual” USB cable that connects real mobile devices in the deviceConnect™ mobile device cloud to:
- Apple’s Xcode IDE for real-time iOS app code check out, unit testing, debugging, crash log reporting, and Apple’s UI automation;
- Android Studio for real-time app code check out, unit testing, debugging, and more;
- Safari and Chrome development tools for mobile website debugging;
- Appium automation servers for app and web testing (users can use official Appium open-source distributions without relying on proprietary customizations)
- Calabash automation clients for app and web testing;
- Build servers used in DevOps processes;
- Most other tools that communicate with tethered devices by USB connection using Apple’s usbmux or Android’s adb server.
Your World Just Opened Up!
With deviceBridge, whole new classes of users can have their pick of any device in the deviceConnect cloud. Instead of being limited to only the devices he or she physically possesses, an engineer can choose from dozens of devices. Those that remain attached to the engineer’s workstation can still be used; an engineer can choose any from any of the deviceBridge/deviceConnect devices that are added to the local inventory.
Code and Test Faster and Better
Developer productivity is greatly enhanced because checkout and debugging can be quickly performed on a much wider variety of devices – and the instant device access provided by deviceConnect reduces or eliminates waits. Because more types of real devices are readily available, developers are no longer limited by the few devices they have in hand and can find more device incompatibilities earlier in the process (instead of relying on QA or users).
Other benefits of deviceConnect with deviceBridge include:
- Mobile device cloud inventory and availability information;
- A real time view of and ability to operate the remote device on the engineer’s screen using the deviceConnect viewer;
- Real-time mobile device performance information;
- Secure, Active Directory authentication;
- Device reservations;
- Usage and audit reports and data.
Drop the Simulators and Cut the Cord
Once the virtual connection is made, using a deviceConnect real mobile device through deviceBridge is functionally the same as using a device physically attached to the engineer’s workstation. For example, Apple’s Xcode shows the device as attached to the user’s machine and available for development and testing, even though the device is being accessed remotely.
deviceBridge also eliminates the need to account for the host of limitations and incompatibilities of mobile device simulators since, with deviceConnect, real mobile devices are more readily available.
deviceConnect significantly diminishes the need to manually share devices. Collaboration among teams is facilitated through screen sharing, making it possible for engineers in multiple geographies to see what is happening with an app or a device in real time. Using Xcode or Android Studio, developers can connect to cloud-based devices to run interactive debug sessions or to view crash logs that ultimately assist in problem determination.
If you’re a mobile app developer, mobile web developer, or automation engineer, and are using tools like Xcode, Android Studio, or some open-source automation framework that doesn’t offer device cloud benefits, cut the cord with deviceBridge and deviceConnect! With these two solutions, you will quickly have all the benefits of a secure, high-availability device cloud right at your fingers.