Mobile Device Lab Management. Simplifed.
Remotely Manage Devices, Apps and Tester Activity
Mobile strategies in the enterprise have extended well beyond planning for a single application for external use. Today, organizations have multiple apps that need to be tested across multiple platforms, operating systems, and device types. Maintaining a variety of phones and tablets in all makes and models that are available 24/7 can quickly become chaotic.
Add the security concerns around data management and accessibility and you have a complex situation to solve. So how do you securely manage all of the devices in your test lab — within your infrastructure — while providing device access to globally distributed team members? Mobile Labs deviceConnect™.
deviceConnect is an internal cloud-based mobile application testing platform that provides comprehensive management of mobile application testing assets. The patent-pending technology brings order to the chaos of managing mobile devices and apps in enterprise test labs.
“A troubling two-thirds of organizations (65%) do not have the right tools to test mobile applications and equally concerning is the 52% who do not have access to the required devices.” – CapGemini and Sogeti’s fourth annual World Quality Report.
Unlike public device clouds, deviceConnect is highly secure because implementation occurs inside your enterprise’s corporate infrastructure. Its location behind your corporate firewall means deviceConnect is easy to install and manage and can be maintained remotely. Housed in a compact mobile cart, this turnkey solution consists of a server, which runs the deviceConnect software, and a rack available in multiple configurations to accommodate large quantities of mobile devices.
deviceConnect takes up a fraction of the space that other on-premises solutions require. Data center personnel can easily wheel the cart from one location to the next and it requires no assistance from environment or power experts, minimizing downtime.
Designed for enterprise testing teams, deviceConnect’s powerful, Web-based management console lets you remotely manage, track and monitor your testing assets by individual device name, manufacturer, model number, OS version, availability, and more. Any device in your organization (Android and iOS smarthphones and tablets, which have not been rooted or jailbroken, included) can be managed using the internal cloud-based mobile testing tool.
With this second-generation software solution, your testers will no longer waste time searching for a device that was inadvertently locked in another tester’s desk drawer or preparing to ‘set up’ for testing. Instead, they can focus exclusively on conducting tests more accurately and efficiently, speeding up the deployment and ROI of your enterprise mobile apps.
With deviceConnect, you can:
- Remotely add, disable or reboot devices as needed
- Force close devices as needed, with the device automatically returning to ‘Available’ status
- Track any device or group of devices by individual device name, manufacturer, model number or OS version
- View device inventory in real time
- Filter device inventory by available, in use, in use by a selected user or by device platform
Once inside the server you are going to be able to see an overview of all the devices that are being managed inside deviceConnect. You can views these in a card format with a lot of information visible about each device or devices can be viewed in a simple linear format.
Within the device detail screen you will see a lot of additional detail about the device. Including the mobile applications available for installation via deviceConnect, as well as the mobile apps already installed on that device.
deviceConnect provides a variety of mobile application management functions. Including the ability to manage the different builds of your test application and to understand if the mobile application has been provisioned appropriately.
Additional functionality includes the ability to push a new build of a mobile app to a variety of devices from a single screen.
Additionally a tester can always install a clean build of a mobile app when they go to access the device. Once completed this will open up the pre-launch screen of the deviceConnect deviceViewer. The deviceViewer is the means by which deviceConnect provides a remote view into a mobile device and enables a manual tester or automation engineer to begin testing their mobile applications.
Once they’ve launched the device, the tester will see a screen that is very similar to the real device that they are used to using. Once connected the tester can use their mouse and keyboard, or the onscreen keyboard, to interact with the device just as they would with a device in hand. Application objects are fully interactive for manual testers with the ability click mobile objects like switches, interact with multi-touch gestures (such as pinch and zoom) on screens that multi-touch enabled, even the new iOS7 multi-touch features such as rotating the screen.
Of course any interactions via the deviceViewer are happening on the real mobile device in real time and are being returned to the deviceViewer in real time just as a tester is used to experiencing with device in hand.
Those utilizing HP Unified Function Testing (UFT) you can take these same manual test steps, turn on Record and Play and record test steps. Or if you like utilizing advanced techniques such as creating the objects manually, you can utilize the UFT Object Spy to pull information about all of the different mobile objects from the screen and then go into UFT to build your test case.
UFT now allows us to take that same manual test case we saw before and run it in an automated fashion. UFT can interact with picker wheels, switch objects, and send instructions to the mobile device for steps just as if a tester were holding it in hand. Scripts are designed to run completely cross-platform between iOS and Android.
Finally, our integration with UFT allows us to utilize the standard reporting features that you are use to using for web and desktop testing. This was our simple overview of Mobile Labs deviceConnect. If you would like more information, please reach out to us via our website.
deviceConnect enables remote management of tester access to both test devices and the apps requiring testing. Using the solution, QA managers can add, modify or disable any tester or administrator in the organization. In addition, access to authorized users can easily be limited with deviceConnect’s password management functionality.
In addition, deviceConnect lets testers—regardless of their location—remotely access and share Android and iOS smartphones and tablets for manual or automated testing. Via deviceConnect’s flexible, Web-based console, testers can easily identify and select an available device. Once a device is selected, the tester can identify apps available for test, perform object definition, script development, and automated-script testing as well as manual testing.
With deviceConnect, you can:
- Enforce roles-based user access for granular control of applications and device usage
- Secure device communication via encryption
- Add, modify or disable testers and administrators
- Limit deviceConnect access to authorized users only
- Manage and administer deviceConnect passwords
deviceConnect provides a central repository to manage applications under test. A simple upload process puts the app into that repository, giving testers visibility into the apps available for test on specific devices.
With deviceConnect, you can:
- Remotely upload, install and remove applications
- Filter application list by device platform
- Automatically load application upon connection
Whether you are performing automated mobile application tests or testing manually, deviceConnect provides visibility into the devices and apps available for test. QA team members can identify which devices are in use by specific tester. In addition, deviceConnect enables administrators and test lab managers to monitor mobile device inventory and usage.
QA teams using deviceConnect can test however they need to. For automation, deviceConnect uses Mobile Labs’ Trust™ mobile application testing software, an add-in for the industry’s leading automated testing platform, to perform cross-platform automated testing on real, pristine smartphones and tablets.
When it comes to manual testing, deviceConnect transforms mobile application testing efficiency and management. It helps testers locate the right device and the right application and makes an instantaneous connection to begin testing from any desktop in the enterprise.
deviceConnect supports remote gestures for more accurate control of user-interface actions such as scrolling, swiping, selecting, and dragging. Full support of remote manual-testing gestures includes flick, fling, tap, long tap, double tap and pinch and zoom. In addition, testers can remotely simulate device rotation via deviceConnect, enhancing their capability to thoroughly test mobile app functionality whether manually or through Trust automation.
With deviceConnect, you can:
- Provide globally distributed testing teams access to pristine iOS or Android test devices 24/7
- Communicate with devices via a secure, encrypted connection
- Run fully automated tests against available applications via HP UFT
- Provide access for developers, QA testers and support teams for manual tests and troubleshooting