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Avoid the Tamagotchis – a list of Open Device Labs

IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS POST AND THE SUBSEQUENT LIST IS OUT OF DATE WITH JANUARY 21, 2013. Please read this newer post on the evolution of this directory or go directly to the succeeding OpenDeviceLab.com to look up a matching Open Device Lab in your area.

Tamagotchi
Do you remember Tamagotchis? They want your love, all day. Just like all these mobile devices, asking for power, updates and attention.

Whether you take care for the web, develop multiplatform apps or hack other stuff for different mobile platforms, you quickly realize there is more devices to take care of than your personal ones (insert own tablet and smartphone brand/model here).

Of course you need to test your stuff on much more than two or three real devices, we’re not going to discuss this here.

I completely realize that not everybody is as stupid as me, owning and nurturing a growing list of currently 29 30 32 34 internet connected mobile devices. I use to refer to the necessary care with the term “looking after my Tamagotchis”. You remember Tamagotchis? You must be as old as me, haha!

If you want to avoid the Tamagotchi-thing, there is a growing list of truly awesome people who have planted the seed for so called “Open Device Labs” around the globe (basically this is just another european invention, but I strongly assume other countries will follow – Update Sep 4, 2012: I just added the first US based lab to the list – Update Sep 11, 2012: Mobile Portland claims to have announced the first US one, but is not functional yet. Go guys!).

So if you want to test on a broad range of devices, check out a device lab near to you – and don’t forget to contribute!


ACHTUNG: DIESES VERZEICHNIS WIRD SEIT DEM 21. JANUAR 2013 NICHT MEHR AKTUALISIERT UND IST DEMNACH INAKTUELL. Bitte lese diesen Artikel über die Weiterentwicklung dieser Liste oder gehe direkt auf OpenDeviceLab.com um ein Open Device Lab in Deiner Nähe zu lokalisieren.


Europe


IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS POST AND THE SUBSEQUENT LIST IS OUT OF DATE WITH JANUARY 21, 2013. Please read this newer post on the evolution of this directory or go directly to the succeeding OpenDeviceLab.com to look up a matching Open Device Lab in your area.


North America


Africa


Asia


Australia


IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS POST AND THE SUBSEQUENT LIST IS OUT OF DATE WITH JANUARY 21, 2013. Please read this newer post on the evolution of this directory or go directly to the succeeding OpenDeviceLab.com to look up a matching Open Device Lab in your area.


There is no Open Device Lab in your city? Establish one! LabUp! is here to help! Read more on the project.

There is now a list of people running Open Device Labs on Twitter: check out and subscribe here.

Do you know about an Open Device Lab that is not listed here?
Add a comment so I can update the list. Thanks!

  1. Jordan Moore

    It’s heart-warming to see labs like this cropping up in different places, here’s a lovely one in Helsinki set up by @viljamis and @jonikorpi – http://opendevicelab.com/

  2. Viljami Salminen

    I think that the LDP Finland lab is actually located in Tampere, so it should say “LDP, Tampere, Finland, FI”.

    There’s also a lab in USA, in Marietta: http://www.ajcomputers.com/news/introducing-open-test-lab-mobile-device-testing/

  3. Jarkko

    Just another minor correction related to LDP. LDP stands for Local Device Program and as such is not ‘open device lab’ perse. Instead Devaamo (http://devaamo.fi) which manages LDP can be considered as one :) So, perhaps the most accurate line would be ‘Devaamo, Tampere, Finland, FI’.

  4. Vedran Rudelj

    We have an open device lab too, here in Zurich, Switzerland http://fliptation.ch/#lab

  5. Viljami Salminen

    Mobile Portland is also building an Open Device Lab to Portland, USA, but I have no idea about the schedule of that project. Here’s the lab’s site: http://mobileportland.com/device-lab

  6. Kristin Long

    We have a device lab in Oakland – mightyminnow.com/location/open-mobile-lab/

    It would be great to be listed as MIGHTYminnow Web Studio & School, Oakland, CA, USA

    Thanks for your post and your work!

  7. Steve Barnett

    Hello there.
    I’m trying to get one off the ground in Cape Town, South Africa: http://devicelab.co.za/ .

  8. Daniel Spronk

    Thanks for listing us, but you have pointed Device Lab Arnhem to our own website (www.eight.nl), not the lab website! The lab website is http://www.devicelabarnhem.nl. If you could fix the URL that would be great!

    cheers,
    Daniel

  9. David Hund

    Thanks a lot for listing us at Arnhem (NL). However, our website is not eight.nl but http://devicelab.nl Cheers!

  10. Andre Jay Meissner

    @Daniel/David: Fixed, but I took Davids Version! ;)

  11. Martin Berglund

    Thanks for listing our lab. The name of the lab is not correct.
    ‘OSS, Oslo, Norway, NO’ should be ‘Netlife Research, Oslo, Norway, NO’

  12. Andre Jay Meissner

    @Martin: fixed, thanks for the heads-up!

  13. Paul Irish

    This list is tremendous. Thanks for putting it together along with lab-up.org. I wonder if it’d make more sense if the list was hosted over there.

    From a tag perspective it’d probably have slightly better SEO chances over there I bet.

    Also from here it’s hard to tell if any of these labs favor native or mobile web development. Knowing that sort of detail would be really useful.

    Thanks again for starting this up! It’s huge

  14. Andre Jay Meissner

    @Paul, thanks for the comment and your suggestions. Actually we plan to host a very detailled list including geobased services, an API and more at opendevicelab.com – where subdomains incl. DNS-Records like helsinki.opendevicelab.com are already available today via LabUp (to max out SEO). We’re looking for contributors to help with coding, can you help spreading the word?

  15. Paul Irish

    sounds good to me!

  16. Jen

    We’ve opened our lab in Bridgend, South Wales (UK) today!

    http://www.coverupaccessories.com/giving-back/open-device-lab

  17. Steve Barnett

    Hello again.
    Nomad Device Lab is up and running and the sessions are up at http://www.meetup.com/Nomad-Device-Lab/ .
    Thanks!

  18. Jan Kus

    Hi. We’ve are in process of opening our lab. The missing parts are the Devices (I started to give away my own).

    Can you list our lab here:

    Open Device Lab Cologne, Cologne, Germany, DE

  19. Viljami Salminen

    Jay, could you please fix the Helsinki Lab’s link to point to http://devicelab.fi , thank you! :)

  20. Manu Medina

    We have just opened a new ODL in Madrid: http://www.testeolab.com
    Thanks for all the information

  21. Christefano

    Droplabs recently opened an Open Device Lab in Los Angeles, California. See http://droplabs.net/about/open-device-lab for all the details.

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