Mobile Web Simulator

Android, Blackberry, Browsers, Internet issues, iPhone, Nokia, Windows Phone

  • Helena
  • 15 May 2012
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Everybody has one or more than one smart phones these days. Mobile devices are also expected to replace desktop or laptop, as checking and sending email and viewing web content. That’s why we should pay more attention to how your website looks on mobile devices now. Thanks to these emulators, our lives become a little bit easier.

Android Emulator

The Android emulator is available in conjunction with the SDK to create native Java applications for Android and it includes the browser. We can download it free from the developer.android.com. We can download the base SDK and later each Android OS separately, like 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0. It is available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. Once downloaded, we should create a folder in our hard drive and unzip the contents of the package.

In the folder where we extracted the package, there is an android terminal command in Mac/Linux and a SDK Setup.exe application for windows that opens the Android SDK and AVD Manager where you can download and configure Android platforms after installing the base SDK.

Nokia Emulators

Nokia always had the better emulators since the beginning of mobile web development. Instead of one emulator per device, we can find one emulator for each version of each platform. We can download emulators for Series 40 (mid and low-end devices) and for S60 (Symbian smartphones) at www.forum.nokia.com. In some particular situations, we can also find specific model emulators with specific features, like Nokia N97.

iPhone Simulator

Only available for MacOS X, the iPhone Simulator is offering a free simulation environment including Mobile Safari. It is not an emulator, so we do not have really a hardware emulation experience, or a performance indicator. However, it is perfectly suitable for see how our website is rendering and our code working. It’s not the perfect tool to measure performance of our website.

The iPhone Simulator is included with the iPhone SDK for native development, available free at developer.apple.com/iphone. Do it with time, because it is a more than 2 Gigabyte download.

Palm Emulator

Palm had emulator support for more than 10 years and always had great support on these tools. We have already talked about the history of Palm and Palm OS and we are going to cover only the new Web OS, the operating system available since Palm Pre. We can download the Palm Mojo SDK that includes the Palm Emulator, from developer.palm.com. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux and it needs to have installed before the Sun VirtualBox, a free virtualization software (available at www.virtualbox.org).

BlackBerry simulators

Research in Motion (RIM), vendor of the popular BlackBerry’s did a great job with emulators with one only problem: it is very difficult to decide which emulator download and use. There are dozens of different installers available. All the tools are available at blackberry.com/developers and include the proxy server, plugins for Eclipse and Visual Studio for web developers and the simulators. All tools are only compatible with Windows operating system.

The first requirement is to download the BlackBerry Email and MDS Services Simulator Package. This proxy allows any simulator to access the network and simulates e-mail and enterprise server. Before opening any browser, we need to start this service in our computer.

Windows Mobile Emulators

To install Windows Mobile emulators, we can use Visual Studio 2008 or 2010 or download them without the IDE in stand-alone mode. The emulator isn’t available from the free Express versions of Visual Studio. The emulators are only available for Windows-based computers.

We need to download:

  1. Microsoft Device Emulator
  2. Windows Mobile emulator images or images from manufacturers
  3. Virtual PC 2007 for Internet connectivity
  4. ActiveSync (only for Windows XP or 2003 Server) or Windows Mobile Device Center (only for Windows 7, Vista or 2008 Server)

We can find all this packages to install free at www.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsmobile

9 Comments

  1. Alvaro 24/11/2012 at 13:59:48 Responder

    Everybody has one or more smartphones? I don’t have any at all. I only get 2 or 3 phone calls a year! I am serious. My telephone is a LG that I bought for 29 Euros. I put 10 Euros credit 6 months ago and have only used less than half.
    Not everybody is like you think, and not everybody’s life is hooked to a telephone.

    I would not know what to do with a smartphone, besides, no way I can get to pay that money.

    • Irene N. 26/11/2012 at 00:32:36 Responder

      Hi Alvaro. When we say everybody has one or two smartphones we don’t mean it literally, it is a generalisation referred to the increasing presence and importance of smartphones in communication and lifestyle nowadays. We’re sorry if we confused you.

  2. Marie 24/11/2012 at 14:02:04 Responder

    Why did I get the reply in Spanish?

    • Irene N. 26/11/2012 at 00:24:31 Responder

      Hi Marie, where did you get a reply in spanish? There’s no other comment in this post.

    • Amaponian Visitor 11/07/2014 at 10:27:04 Responder

      ¿ A qué te refieres ?

  3. Ampelio C. 20/08/2013 at 04:10:55 Responder

    Windows emultator is the worst. Windows, I’m sure you can do better. Work it, Bill Gates!

  4. Zheng T. 22/09/2013 at 23:49:48 Responder

    I think Windows phone will get to be as popular as Apple.

  5. Elliott V. 04/11/2013 at 07:49:42 Responder

    Thanks! I was looking for Blackberry’s developer page and couldn’t find it.

  6. Diseño web 13/05/2014 at 10:24:04 Responder

    Thank for sharing. I need it.

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