m:lab East Africa is piloting program for mobile application developers to test their applications for free on Fridays. Under this program dubbed “Free Testing Friday”, developers can book upto 90 minutes on Friday to access devices in the Lab’s testing room. By booking 90 minutes of testing in the Testing facility, developers can access over 80 mobile devices to test their applications on a variety of platforms including Android, BlackBerry, J2ME, and Bada.
The free testing pilot is open to all mobile application developers in Nairobi and in the larger East African mobile ecosystem. This is aimed to present an opportunity to local developers to thoroughly test their applications as they prepare to release them to the markets at no cost. The program is also aimed at further entrenching a culture of thorough testing and quality assurance among app developers
To benefit under this program, a developer must send a mail firstname.lastname@example.org book time for testing. Upon confirmation of the request, the developer is awarded a time slot, during which he/she may have access to the testing facility. One developer may not book multiple time slots on the same Friday. Developers may receive technical support, insights and advice from the m:lab team while testing their applications.
The testing facility at m:lab East Africa which whose operations started in Monday 28th November 2011, has seen over 1010 hours used by developers to test applications. According to statistics dated 27th July 2012, the most commonly demanded devices in the testing room are Samsung Galaxy Mini, Blackberry Curve 9300, Blackberry Curve 8520, Google Nexus One, and the Huawei Ideos U8150 in that order. The two most commonly tested mobile platforms are J2ME and Android. To see more statistics on testing at the facility,see earlier article posted here
On days other than Fridays, hourly testing rates apply as indicated inan earlier article posted here.