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We are living in a mobile-first world, reflected by our and My Account app customers:

  • Web with ~ 61% traffic (filtering Samsung default browser traffic) coming from mobile devices. Src: Domo, Aug/17 data
  • My Account has 630k from native app. Src: Domo, Aug/17 data

As such, leveraging real devices (see why not emulators and simulators in FAQ) to mimic and test end-to-end use cases should be an essential part of the quality assurance scope, which aligns with the TELUS Digital principles:

  • Mobile first - simplicity
  • End-to-end experiences


Devicefarm is a platform aiming to provide teams with real mobile automation and manual testing environments / capabilities.

It consists of infrastructure and software layers that we built from ground up, utilizing open source projects such as Selenium and Appium.

It is a huge step in the mobile-first initiative, we hope to raise visibility, awareness, and empower teams to improve their mobile testing through this project.

In terms of features, it aims to provide

  • Manual physical testing inventory
  • Automation test run environment (beta)
  • Sync browsing capabilities (alpha)
  • A collaboration space for team members to work with mobile

And more coming soonTM!

You can also join #devicefarm on slack to get access to livestream of the devicefarm in Toronto to get a sneak peak!

How (and benefits)


We have:

  • Wall fixture w/ devices secured in front, and shelving area as work station, standing or sitting!
  • Mac mini servers powering automation system ft. security alarm
  • Additional security w/ Nest cam


We have farmville which provides

  • Web automation environment via Selenium/Appium + Nightwatch(or any other testing framework working)
    • Visually, it looks like
    • Benefits:
      • By running automated web tests on the devicefarm, teams can quickly gain a sense of their app's performance on different devices/operating systems/screensizes. These automated tests (when written properly) have rapid feedback, high accuracy, low false positives, and most importantly frees up team members to focus their testing on the non-repetitive and meaningful exploration.
      • Devicefarm is placed in an open area, having your apps running against it is a great way to showcase and promote your work, and potentially giving other teams inspiration how to create theirs.
  • Native app automation environment, via Expresso/XCUITest
    • Visually, it looks like
    • Benefits:
      • Similar to web automation, but focusing on native apps
  • Sync browsing (action on one device, and it will be performed across all devices)
    • Visually, it looks like
    • Benefits:
      • Exploratory testing across multiple devices at the same time! Great tool for testers and POs!
      • Multi-threaded visual validation for both published apps and in dev apps! Great tool for designers and front-end devs!
  • And of course, manual testing inventory:
    • Visual demonstration by the Mobility GTM team on their iPhone launch prep:
    • Benefits:
      • Providing a physical inventory for teams to do ad hoc/exploratory testing with real devices


  • Check out the FAQs
  • Join #devicefarm on slack and ask away


@telusdigital/digital-farmers @qa