NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest mobile service provider, will launch a futuristic center to help application developers for the Android operating system to test their work, amid growing fragmentation caused by the large number of new devices and software versions.
One of the problems of the market is that developers, overwhelmed by the large number of new devices launched, tend to write software only for the latest versions and ignore users of older phones.
Software developers will be able to remotely load their programs on hundreds of mobile phones located at the center in northern Japan, input as regular users and immediately see the results with the help of online video streaming cameras, the company said. The center could be launched as early as March.
DoCoMo is trying to gain traction in the competition between Android, the system that runs on its network, and the rival platform of Apple’s iPhone. DoCoMo is the only of Japan’s biggest three operators which does not sell the iPhone.