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JH registers Open Device Lab for Nottingham

Nottingham Open Device Lab

Having a selection of devices to test websites and apps supports real-world evaluation. For example, you can assess the design on different screen sizes and resolutions, check the experience and ergonomics of touch interfaces, or try out new software releases — these factors, and many more, can’t be authentically reproduced by simulators. So at JH, we started investing in some phones and tablets to create the JH test lab.

Recognising that it’s expensive and impractical for every student, freelancer, startup or small business to own enough devices to effectively test their projects, we’ve answered the call of the ODL movement and will be providing our devices for use by the wider web community in and around Nottinghamshire. We plan to maintain, review and expand the collection over time to continually add value to this community resource. Here’s the ODL mission statement we hope to support with this move:

“Open Device Labs (ODLs, #ODL) are a grassroots community movement. They establish shared community pools of internet connected devices for testing purposes of web and app developers. In result, ODLs lead to an ultimate improvement of the web & app experience both for developers and for consumers.”

How do I use the lab?

The lab is open to everyone. Whether you’re testing a website or app, you can come along to the JH office in Nottingham, 9-5 weekdays — just drop us an email so we can have a cuppa ready. We keep a variety of smart phones and tablets charged, updated and ready for you to use. We can also set you up with our epic tool, BrowserSync, which speeds up multi-device testing.

How can I support the lab?

Please spread the word about the Nottingham ODL to make people aware of the opportunity. If you have a phone that’s sitting in your cupboard doing nothing, please consider donating it; the more devices in the lab, the more useful it becomes to the community.