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Mobile Emulators & Simulators: The Ultimate Guide

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I’ve mixed all this information to create this ultimate guide to 37 download resources for hundreds of emulators and simulators. Enjoy!

This list includes content from Programming the Mobile Web book with frequent updated information & links.

List of mobile and tablet emulators for mobile web design & development testing
Name Official Platform Type Browser testing Native testing Compatibility

IOS SIMULATOR

Official iOS Simulator Safari only Objective-C MacOS
Download3.7Gb (login required) Devices: iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch, iPhone 4, iPad (Tablet)
Comes with XCode and Native SDK. You can’t emulate Accelerometer/Gyroscope(DeviceMotion API). You can’t emulate URI-schemes, such as click-to-call. As a Simulator, it doesn’t provide an AppStore; you can’t install other browsers for testing, such as Opera Mini or Skyfire.

ANDROID EMULATOR

Official Android Emulator Android Browser – others Java WindowsLinux
Download20Mb and 60Mb per platform package Devices: Generic devices using 1.1, 1.5, 1.6, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.0 O.S. platform
We need to download images of the platforms after downloading the SDK. Look atChapter 4 of the book for details. After downloading the platform, you can installFirefoxOpera MiniOpera MobileSkyfire and UCWEB in your Android emulator for testing. You can download Motorola, Samsung and Nook add-ons (see below). Now it includes tablet support in HoneyComb (3.0)

HP WEBOS EMULATOR

Official webOS Virtual Machine webOS Browser JavaScript – C++ WindowsLinux
Download260Mb Devices: Palm Pre, Palm Pixi, Palm Pixi Plus
Comes with SDK

SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB ADD-ON

Official Android Add-on Android Browser – others Java WindowsLinux
Download52Mb Devices: Samsung Galaxy Tab (Tablet)
Requires Android SDK with 2.2 package. The download is done using the Android 2.3 SDK searching for third-party packages.

MOTOROLA XOOM ADD-ON

Official Android Add-on Android Browser – others Java WindowsLinux
Download2Mb Devices: Motorola Xoom (Tablet)
Requires Android SDK with 3.0 package. It’s only a skin for the emulator.

NOKIA SYMBIAN EMULATORS

Official Symbian Emulator S60 Browser – others Java ME / WRT webapps / C++ Windows
Download500-750Mb each (requires login) Devices: All Symbian devicesincluding: 3rd edition FP2 (such as Nokia N96), 5th edition (such as Nokia 5800 XpressMusic), Symbian^3 (such as N8) and an specific N97 emulator
Large download and installation. You need to check previous requirements to be installed first. You can install Opera MiniOpera MobileBolt Browser andUCWEB on Symbian emulators.

NOKIA SERIES 40 EMULATORS

Official Nokia OS Emulator Nokia Browser – others Java ME / Flash Lite Windows
Download30-100Mb each(requires login) Devices: All devices including: 2nd edition, 3rd edition, 3rd edition FP1, 3rd edition FP2, 5th edition, 5th edition FP1, 5th edition FP1 Lite, 6th edition, 6th edition FP1
You can install Opera MiniUCWEBBolt Browser and OVI Browser Betaon Series 40 emulators.

MOTOROLA ADD-ONS SDK FOR ANDROID

Official Android Add-on Android Browser – others WindowsLinux
Download30-60Mb each device Devices: Motorola: Atrix, Bravo, Cliq 2, Dext, Milestone, BackFlip, Devour, Qrty, i1, Droid2, Droid X, Flipout, Defy, Flipside, Cliq, Citrus, others
Requires Android Emulator. There are 20 different downloads.

BLACKBERRY SIMULATORS

Official RIM OS Emulator RIM Browser – others Java Windows
Download50-170Mb eachRequires login Devices: 35 different models including series Bold, Curve, Pearl, Storm, Storm2, Style, Torch & Tour. Every model has different emulators combining OS version and operator firmware.
For web browsing testing you need to install and open a proxy service. SeeChapter 4 for a full compatibility table and installation guide. You can installOpera Mini and Bolt Browser on BlackBerry emulators.

BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK SIMULATOR

Official Tablet OS Virtual Machine Internal Browser Adobe AIR MacWindows
Download105MbRequires login Devices: BlackBerry PlayBook (tablet)
HTML5 browser support. Adobe AIR & Packaged HTML5 WebWorkers app support.

WINDOWS PHONE 7 SIMULATOR

Official Windows Phone Emulator Internet Explorer Silverlight Windows
Download (Visual Studio Express included)500Mb Devices: Generic Windows Phone 7
Comes with Visual Studio Express (free version) or as an add-in for commercial versions

SONY ERICSSON SDK FOR ANDROID

Official Android Add-on Android Browser – others MacWindowsLinux
Download50Mb Devices: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
Requires Android Emulator.

NOOK SDK FOR ANDROID

Official Android Add-on Android Browser – others MacWindowsLinux
Download130MbRequires Login Devices: Barnes & Noble Nook Color
Requires Android Emulator.

OPERA MOBILE EMULATOR

Official Symbian / Android / Windows Simulator Opera Mobile No native MacWindowsLinux
Download15-25Mb Devices: Multiple devices & OS emulation support
You can also use emulators (Symbian, Android) and install the real Opera Mobile inside.

OPERA MINI SIMULATOR

Official Many Online emulator Opera Mini No native MacWindowsLinux
Use OnlineUse online v.4 Devices: Generic Java device – No Opera Mini for iOS emulation
You can also use emulators (Symbian, Android, Java, BlackBerry) and install the real Opera Mini inside.

FIREFOX FOR MOBILE SIMULATOR

Official Generic Engine Simulator Firefox Mobile No native MacWindowsLinux
Download20Mb Devices: Multiple devices – beta version.
You can also use emulators (Android) and install the real Firefox Mobile inside. The desktop simulator is very basic and it’s in beta state.

QT SIMULATOR

Official Symbian & Maemo Simulator No Browser support Qt MacWindowsLinux
Download500-900Mb Devices: Maemo (such as Nokia N900), Symbian Touch (such as Nokia N8) and Symbian non-touch (such as Nokie E71)
It does not support web browsing testing. You can test and create QtWebKit apps (hybrids) with HTML5 and CSS3.

NOKIA WEB SDK SIMULATOR

Official Symbian & Maemo Simulator Webapp testing WRT and webapps MacWindowsLinux
Download200MbRequires Login Devices: Maemo (such as Nokia N900), Symbian Touch (such as Nokia N8) and Symbian non-touch (such as Nokie E71)
It does not support direct web browsing testing. You can test and create webapps & widgets.

PHONEGAP SIMULATOR

3rd-party Generic Simulator WebKit-based PhoneGap hybrid testing MacWindowsLinux
Download15Mb Devices: Apple iPhone, Generic Android, and others
The rendering engine is a simulation. You can use it for hybrid PhoneGap testing or for simple WebKit-based browser simulation.

ADOBE DEVICE CENTRAL CS5

3rd party Several Simulator Generic browser support Flash MacWindows
Included with Creative Suite (commercial) Devices: Device Library with more than 100 devices.
The web browsing support up to CS5 version is very basic (just a sized webkit browser for every device) and non-accurate.

BADA SIMULATOR

Official Bada OS Simulator No Browser Support Bada C Windows
Download200/400MbRequires Login Devices: Maemo (such as Nokia N900), Symbian Touch (such as Nokia N8) and Symbian non-touch (such as Nokie E71)
It does not support direct web browsing testing. You can test and create webapps & widgets.

GARNET EMULATOR

Official Garnet OS (formerly Palm OS) Emulator NetFront Garnet MacWindowsLinux
Download200/400Mb Devices: Old Palm OS devices

WINDOWS MOBILE 6 EMULATOR

Official Windows Mobile Emulator Internet Explorer .NET / C++ Windows
Download600Mb Devices: Generic Windows Mobile Devices – Standard and Professional versions
* This emulator requires special attention for using the browser. Look at chapter 4 ofProgramming the Mobile Web for detailed instructions on how to use it. You can install Opera Mobile and Opera Mini inside the emulator.

WINDOWS MOBILE 6.5 EMULATOR IMAGES

Official Windows Mobile Add-on Internet Explorer .NET / C++ Windows
Download250Mb Devices: Generic Windows Mobile Devices – Standard and Professional versions
Requires Windows Mobile 6 SDK

WINDOWS MOBILE 6.1 EMULATOR IMAGES

Official Windows Mobile Add-on Internet Explorer .NET / C++ Windows
Download400Mb Devices: Generic Windows Mobile Devices – Standard and Professional versions
Requires Windows Mobile 6 SDK

DEVICE EMULATOR WITH WINDOWS MOBILE 5

Official Windows Mobile Emulator Internet Explorer .NET / C++ Windows
Download60Mb Devices: Generic Windows Mobile Devices – Standard and Professional versions
* This emulator requires special attention for using the browser. Look at chapter 4 ofProgramming the Mobile Web for detailed instructions on how to use it.

I-MODE HTML SIMULATOR

Official Native Simulator i-Mode Browser (Japan) No native Windows
Download38Mb Devices: Generic Windows Mobile Devices – Standard and Professional versions
Simulator for Japanese’s i-mode browsers

MITE 2.0

3rd-party Generic Simulator Generic No native Windows
Download75MbRequires login Devices: Generic Browser Testing with a library of hundreds of devices.
The rendering engine is not real. This tool simulates network requests as some mobile device and it renders the response on a generic webkit with some customization per device.

SONY ERICSSON SDK FOR WINDOWS MOBILE 6.1

Official Windows Mobile Add-on Internet Explorer .NET / C++ Windows
Download7Mb Devices: Sony Ericsson Xperia X1
Requires Windows Mobile SDK

SAMSUNG DEVICE EMULATOR SKINS FOR WINDOWS MOBILE

Official Samsung Add-on Internet Explorer .NET / C++ Windows
Download7Mb Devices: GT-B7300 Omnia Lite, GT-B7330 Omnia Pro, GT-B7620 Armani, GT-I8000 Omnia II, SPH-i350 Intrepid
Requires Windows Mobile SDK

SONY ERICSSON PHONEGAP SIMULATOR

Official Generic Simulator PhoneGap apps PhoneGap hybrids Windows
Download2Mb Devices: Generic Android (such as Xperia X10) and Symbian (such as Satio)
Requires Windows Mobile SDK

LG SDK FOR THE JAVA PLATFORM

Official LG Simulator No Browser Support Java ME Windows
Download60-100Mb Devices: All propietary-OS LG devices
Only for Java ME testing

SONY ERICSSON SDK FOR THE JAVA PLATFORM

Official LG Simulator No Browser Support Java ME Windows
Download120Mb Devices: All propietary-OS Sony Ericsson devices
Only for Java ME testing

SAMSUNG JAVA SDK

Official Samsung Simulator No Browser Support Java ME Windows
Download150MbRequires login Devices: All propietary-OS Samsung devices
Only for Java ME testing

SAMSUNG MOBILE WIDGET EMULATOR

Official Samsung Simulator Only Widgets Widgets Windows
Download150MbRequires login Devices: All propietary-OS, Symbian and Windows Mobile Samsung devices
Only for widget testing

MOTOROLA JAVA ME SDKS

Official Motorola Simulator No Browser Support Java ME Windows
Download40-150Mb eachRequires login Devices: All propietary-OS Motorola devices
Only for Java ME testing

WAC EMULATOR

3rd-party Several Simulator Only Widgets Widgets MacWindowsLinux
Download150Mb each Devices: Generic Widget platform
Only for widget testing

BREW SDK

Official Brew Simulator Basic browser Flash / C++ Windows
Download200Mb Devices: Generic BREW platform

EMULATORS AND SIMULATORS

Generally speaking, an emulator is a piece of software that translates compiled code from an original architecture to the platform where it is running, such as the greatMAME. In the mobile development world, a device emulator is a desktop application that emulates mobile device hardware and operating systems, allowing us to test and debug our applications and see how they are working. There are also operating system emulators that don’t represent any real device hardware but rather the operating system as a whole. These exist for Windows Mobile and Android.

On the other hand, a simulator is a less complex application that simulates some of the behavior of a device, but does not emulate hardware and does not work over the real operating system. These tools are simpler and less useful than emulators. A simulator may be created by the device manufacturer or by some other company offering a simulation environment for developers.

If you want to download every emulator on this list you will need at least one MacOS desktop and one Windows desktop, downloading at least 25Gb of applications.

Do you know any other emulator? Leave it in the comments area?

Thanks 🙂 Keep Coding 🙂

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