MSP Today Expert Feature
January 24, 2013

Keynote Offers Free Smartphone Testing Solution for Mobile and Cloud Applications

Mobile cloud testing and monitoring provider Keynote has announced DeviceAnywhere (News - Alert) Free, a completely free smartphone testing tool. The new offering is geared toward Web developers, application and site owners and software testing professionals.

DeviceAnywhere Free lets users interactively test and spot check the functionality and content rendering of mobile websites on real smartphones, over the Internet. The solution offers users a real view of their mobile websites in real time through a Web interface, while users may access all the functions of the smartphones.

Functionality includes the ability to press and swipe touch screens, push buttons, power cycle the device and view the screen in various orientations. Users may also access any number of devices for 10 minutes per device. This enables spot checking of mobile websites as well as the ability to capture screenshots for archiving and reporting. When the 10 minutes are up, users may choose a new device and run the same checks on a different smartphone, ensuring cross-browser and cross-device functionality.

Mobile Web browsing is growing exponentially in popularity, and yet Web and application developers face a challenge in attempting to keep up with a fragmented and changing mobile device market. Keynote's offering addresses this issue in a highly cost effective manner. The DeviceAnywhere Free offering streams the mobile device screen directly to the user's computer screen, enabling a full view of the handset's interface. Devices are connected through Wi-Fi to enable testing of live mobile content.

An advanced option is also available for sessions lasting longer than 10 minutes, or if testers require a carrier connection or need to download and upload apps. The Keynote DeviceAnywhere Test Center Developer is available to meet those needs, and also begins with a free trial. The Developer is also useful for users who wish to conduct device-to-device testing.

Additional features of the free option include session recording, with the capture of 10 minutes of navigation history. Device management is also enabled through a comprehensive view of device status, and users may enter a queue if the device is not available at the time they seek and be notified when it is available. Keynote also offers an online community forum where users may interact with each other as well as the Keynote team.

"Developing and maintaining a mobile-optimized website has become a necessity as people increasingly use their smartphones as their primary Web browsing device," said says Vik Chaudhary, vice president of product management and corporate development at Keynote. "However, the cost of purchasing and the complexity of maintaining a portfolio of smartphones for testing functionality is a major stumbling block for many website owners. DeviceAnywhere Free gives organizations the tool they need to test, spot check, improve and monetize their mobile site, and for FREE."

 "DeviceAnywhere Free combines the ease of the cloud with the power of Keynote's global infrastructure of remote devices for mobile and Web testing and monitoring, so that Web developers, testers and content owners can begin testing immediately on real mobile devices," he added. "Keynote has made the power of its DeviceAnywhere cloud testing platform available for free to educate the market about the power of real, remote, manual and automated device testing from the cloud."

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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