Emulation Ressources for Mobile Operating Systems

Here’s a little list of ressources than can become quite handy when you’re into development and UI/UX-design for mobile devices. I know that I left out some platforms like LiMo, Maemo or MeeGo — but for now let’s be happy with the following list :)


  • Online-Demo for the T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream and Google Dev Phone 1) running a very early version of Android. It’s not fully functional but gives you a rough idea of Android’s Look & Feel.
  • The official Android SDK provides everything that is needed to start developing applications. Key-Feature of the whole package is the (almost) fully-functional Android Emulator.
  • In case you want to get Android Market running on your emulator you should read Kumar Bibek’s quick How-To.

Symbian / S60

  • Nokia’s official SDK for S60 contains an emulator along other tools.
  • Carbride.ui is a special tool for theme-design.
  • If you want to see some actual S60 devices in action go visit the official demos for the  Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 mini.

Blackberry OS

  • Blackberry offers a whole list of specific Device Simulators for each of their devices …
  • They even provide a nice (but old) User Guide how to get the Simulator to run and how to use it.

iPhone OS + Palm Pre

  • MobiOne claims to be the best iPhone and Palm Pre emulator on the market. In fact it’s not only an emulator but also provides tools for app developme nt.
  • The iPhone Browser Tester will give you a rough impression how your website will look on an iPhone. You should use it with Safari for more accurate results.

Windows Phone / Windows Mobile

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