Did you buy a new smartphone recently? What about the old one? What are you planning to do with it? As the market value of second-hand smart devices is not much, you may decide against selling it. The usual trend is that it will lay somewhere in your home untouched till the day you find it unusable anymore. Did you know that there are better things to do with your devices? Yes! You heard it right. Continue reading, and we are sure that you would never keep an unused smart gadget with you unnecessarily!
Open Devices Lab- What it is all about?
Open Devices Labs are communities which share internet connected devices like smartphones, tablets, consoles, etc. such labs are open for testing and can be used by developers for testing their websites or apps.
Web site or app developers will be aware of the fact that no matter how much effort is put into the development, certain features will not work as expected especially across mobile devices. Did you know that about 20,000 different models and almost 15 new devices are hitting the market every week? Each model is unique and possesses its own technical features. An app or website has to be successfully tested in all these variants before they are released. So a developer needs access to each of these variants.
Crowdsourcing- The much-needed help!
The scenario described above is where crowd-sourcing comes into the picture. Most developers need access to the devices only for a few weeks or so. So it would be best if there was a platform to share and use the devices. This is exactly what we do at ODL SF. The more the number of people contributing to this lab, the greater the number of devices for testing. This approach of sharing helps developers to save so much money.
Most of you who are reading this would be making use of a lot of apps and websites on your smart devices. Understand that the perks you enjoy are the result of hard work of developers and testers. So you have the responsibility to help them. Open Devices Lab gives you the opportunity to donate your old and functional devices to support the developer and testing community.
So, now you know what to do with the old yet functional device of yours! Donating it to ODL SF gives it a meaningful new existence. This is the slightest thing you can do to support the upcoming technologies. If you are part of any organisation, spread the word about ODL SF among your colleagues so that we get more donations. Recently, we received a bulk donation of many devices from the students of Cloud Solutions, a well-known sales force training institute. Thanks to their understanding. We look forward to more generous people offering us support!
If you are a fresher developer and the concept of Open Devices Lab seems interesting to you, you can read and understand more about the process at www.smashingmagazine.com. All the best for your career! We at ODL SF are always ready to help you.
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