File this under "super awesome developer things" - today Samsung launched its brand-spanking-new developer portal for Android, along with an awesome new service: Lab.dev RTL (Remote Testing Lab).

Basically, it gives you, the developer, access to any of Samsung's line of Android devices for remote testing of applications and other such developer-y things via your web browser and the Java plugin. Basic members of the developer portal receive 10 "credits" of testing time per day - or 150 minutes. Premium members get up to 100 times that much, but that program remains "invite only" for the time being.

You can, presumably, buy additional credits - should you so desire. Samsung explained the basic features (and limitations), as follows:

  • Reservation of devices for your sole use during specified, extendable time slots.
  • Installation and running of applications on the devices. The installer accepts apk format.
  • Recording/Capturing the current screen.
  • There is no audio support.
  • No additional peripherals are available by default.
  • RTL is a remote solution. Therefore, user experience may be affected by variables such as distance to server,
    connection speed, network traffic, and local network policies (firewalls, etc.).
  • There is no guarantee that devices will always be accessible (there may be service breaks).
  • Occasionally we may need to remove a device from RTL for maintenance. In these instances the devise will be shown as Disconnected.


You can check out RTL here.

Thanks, wiineeth!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • yuku

    It's weird that I have registered and signed in, and all I see is the information page about RTL. I didn't find a way to launch it.

  • http://www.testingandroid.com android user

    where do you sign in?

  • http://www.saholic.com Vrinda

    Hey, you can sign in at http://rtl.innovator.samsungmobile.com/bada/agent.jsp
    I tried it, the device behaves as a real one. But can anyone tell me how can we connect the virtual device to internet??

  • alina thomas

    it sound interesting and something new i haven't try this but now i want to try this i will use and share my experience with all the readers .

  • Mark Mathson

    This types of device will be the innovative technology of the future.
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