Mobile phone manufacture and production is an ongoing and intensely stringent process that involves rigorous testing around safety, productivity, functionality and ease of use. It is not just the mobile phone manufacturers who test their products after concept and design. Mobile phone carriers and services providers are also obliged to test all mobile devices before offering them to the public.
Mobile telephony is more than just a convenience and the big players in the mobile world have made sure that they send concept mobile devices through a battery of tests to ensure that consumers are safe and have complete use of every advertised function. iPhone, Blackberry, Android phones, Sony Ericcsson and Nokia all perform tests on their devices to make sure that they are ready for market. Although some criticism has been levied at mobile phone developers for bringing out too many models in rapid succession, and not performing adequate levels of testing, the combination of developer and mobile carrier testing is comprehensive.
iPhone Testing Facilities
It is not just one company that provides testing services for iPhone and the Apple corporation. There are several different levels of testing that have been designed to keep development costs down while making sure that standards are maintained. All the iPhone and iPad testing is done in conjunction with 3G network testing and carrier compatibility. Just the calibration tests done on iPhones to ensure high quality noise reduction and RF transmission takes up a large amount of time in the testing process.
Apple has built test modules for each stage of the development process which includes sending their mobile devices for torture tests. If you thought that your iPhone handled a lot of stress through daily use, it is nothing compared to the barrage of climate, environment and pressure tests that they undergo during product testing at Apple.
Recent tests on the iPhone 5 have taken Apple into the realm of 4G and the potential of LTE, which will be incorporated into the iPhone family after 4G is more readily available on a worldwide platform.
RIM – Ensuring BlackBerry’s future
Research in Motion has developed a special BlackBerry Testing Program that allows for the comprehensive range of tests to ensure quality standards for all mobile devices. AT&T spent a huge amount of money testing the Blackberry Bridge application before they would release it to their customers, to make sure of the compatibility of the mobile app with PlayBook.
The biggest factor surrounding the new generation of mobile devices is the use of mobile apps and the software that runs them. Testing mobile apps is serious business in the world of mobile phone development and technology. Every mobile app that is sold by a mobile carrier of mobile device company is a reflection of the value and worth of the company. There are thousands of new apps released every month and if the testing process is not thorough enough, consumers are quite happy to move on to another company or product.
The testing process of all mobile applications covers a number of stages. The mobile application device will be tested in a controlled environment and then tested at various different levels of functionality. Tests are performed in different geographical locations as well as under increasing loads to ensure that the network and the mobile device can handle the potential of millions of users at the same time.
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