How to Get Access to Samsung Mobile Test Devices
By Jash Unadkat, Community Contributor - September 13, 2022
Mobile teams often need to test their apps across numerous devices to ensure their apps perform seamlessly across a wide range of device configurations. With multiple vendors available in the market, QA teams need to shortlist a few vendors that have the highest user preference. This primarily helps in optimizing apps for a wider set of users.
Among all the vendors, Samsung devices always remain on the top of the priority list. Here are some reasons justifying it:
- Samsung is one of the most renowned smartphone brands globally.
- It has significant brand recognition for the portfolio of gadgets it offers, specifically for its Galaxy series smartphones.
- Having captured 28.77% mobile market share globally, Samsung has emerged as the most preferred smartphone vendor worldwide.
To release robust and flawless apps for a big brand like Samsung, app developers and QAs need access to a comprehensive device lab. A device lab that includes all the latest and legacy handsets for extensive testing of apps across Samsung tab and smartphones
However, it’s critical to remember that it is not feasible for organizations of all sizes to set up a device lab or purchase all the Samsung mobile devices for testing purposes. It demands huge investment and maintenance. Teams need a better solution that can help them with the required test infrastructure for running tests on real Samsung devices.
Here’s where this article aims at introducing an extremely useful and intuitive method using which developers and QAs can access all the real Samsung devices for testing,
Using a Real Device Cloud For Testing on Real Samsung Devices
As mentioned earlier, it may not be economically feasible for all teams to purchase numerous Samsung handsets or set up a device lab. An ideal approach here is to opt for a cloud-based platform that offers all the required Samsung devices for testing and debugging.
BrowserStack is one platform that teams must leverage to test their apps and websites on real Samsung devices. It’s real device cloud offers 3000+ real devices and browsers for manual and automated testing in real user conditions. Its real device cloud offers the latest and legacy mobile devices from Samsung, including the popular Galaxy series smartphones such as Galaxy Note 10, S22 Ultra, etc.
The image below represents all the Samsung devices available for testing on BrowserStack.
The process of getting started with testing on the desired Samsung device is very simple. One simply needs to:
1. Sign up for free on BrowserStack App live.
2. Navigate to the App-live dashboard
3. Upload the desired Android app from the system or choose the Install via Play Store option to upload the app directly from Play Store.
4. Select Samsung from the list of companies. BrowserStack displays the list of Samsung devices supported for testing.
5. Once you select a specific Samsung device to test, an App-live session begins immediately on a secure real device cloud. Furthermore, the uploaded app is instantly downloaded and installed on that device for the testers to get started with instant testing.
The image below represents a sample test session on Galaxy S22 Ultra.
6. Now, the developers or testers can start testing their apps. They also access DevTools, bug reporting tools, and session recording features. It offers an inclusive test experience.
That’s how convenient it becomes for teams to access real Samsung test devices. One does not need to worry about setting up an on-premise device lab; simply log in> upload the app (.apk file) > choose the desired Samsung handset, and start testing without any complex setup or installation.
Within the test session, teams also get access to the following features from the toolbar:
- Capture Screenshot – It helps validate security concerns around protecting sensitive user information.
- Rotate Device: It is used to test the Android app in the Landscape or Portrait mode.
- Throttle Network: It is used to test or simulate the app’s performance in poor network conditions
- Change Location: It is used to test the app’s behavior when accessed from different geographic locations.
- Change Language: It is used to test the app’s compatibility in different languages.
BrowserStack also allows you to test your websites and web apps on the browsers of Samsung devices. To test websites and web apps on mobile browsers:
- Log in to BrowserStack Live
- Select Android > Samsung
- Hover on the device that you want to test on and select the browser.
All the Samsung handsets are hosted on a secure cloud and are available for 24×7 testing from anywhere in the world. Additionally, the list of devices is updated as soon as new Samsung devices are launched, which means teams can test the latest handsets using BrowserStack.
Samsung is undoubtedly a market leader and will continue rolling out new devices regularly in the coming days to keep up with the competitors. Needless to say, mobile app developers will have to optimize their apps and sites for the latest and legacy Samsung devices. It will help ensure their apps are compatible with devices from a leading vendor.
With platforms like BrowserStack, developers and QAs can purely focus on testing apps on Samsung handsets. Additionally, teams get faster access to the latest Samsung device (as soon as they are launched) for testing and optimization. This significantly helps mobile app developers and testers to test and release market-ready apps that are compatible with Samsung.