It is the era of Mobility. Today, every website, big or small, new or old is inspired to have its own mobile version. While developing these versions, it becomes necessary to check them on different mobile devices for their compatibility issues.
Here at Web Design Academy we try develop all our websites to be 100% mobile friendly. Our clients also know the importance of having a mobile friendly website.
We know that the best tool for testing a website’s mobile capability is actual mobile phones. We try and test on as many different devices as possible. In South Africa we still need to consider the older devices as well as the latest. So the best way to overcome this problem is to actually keep your old devices for testing purposes. Mobile emulators and responsive testing surely has it’s limitations but it will at least give you an indication – how would the website appear on each of the mobile devices.
So we decided to share some handy tools for testing your website.
Adobe Device Central software simplifies the production of innovative and compelling content for mobile phones and consumer electronics devices. Adobe Device Central now offers support for HTML and the latest versions of Adobe Flash Player.
Use BlackBerry device simulators to demonstrate and test how the BlackBerry device software, screen, keyboard and trackwheel will work with your application. These simulators will also simulate behavior in various wireless network conditions. Device simulators are great tools for testing, training and for use in presentations.
The HP webOS emulator emulates a webOS device on a Linux, Mac, or Windows computer. It is built on VirtualBox, virtual machine software that is free from Oracle. If you installed the SDK, you already have the emulator on your computer.
In times of the apple madness, Apple Inc. has come out with its own mobile compatibility testing tool called the iPad Peek. It helps in checking the websites’ optimization ratios on the iPad tablets, taking regard of the numerous daily tablet users of the websites as well. One stunning feature of iPad Peek is that it allows the user to test the website on the tablet in both of the orientations, portrait and landscape, giving the user the freedom of a clearer choice.
Checking your device on Android, Symbian and the Windows platform – can never make you forget about the iOS platform. The Test iPhone Apps Development tool is a widely popular aid to test web based online applications of the iPhone exclusively. Since, iPhone’s iOS is a popular vehicle for causing web traffic, it is imperative not to miss this out.
To save the best for the last, you would say! Opera is still the best and the most popular Web browsers used on mobile devices the world over. With almost all Java compatible mobile devices supporting Opera Mobile or Opera Mini, including iPhones, Android, Windows as well as Symbian enabled devices, a user would be foolish not to check his website’s compatibility with the Opera Mobile Emulator.
The Perfecto Mobile Handset Cloud service enables you to test your mobile applications, websites or services on a multitude of REAL handsets. The service enables you to access real mobile devices via the web and control them as if you were holding them in your hands.
Are you maximizing the mobile opportunity? Gomez’s free Mobile Readiness Test evaluates how well your site performs on a mobile phone. Instantly get a score from 1 to 5 based on an in-depth analysis of 30 proven mobile Web development best practices, ranging from standards compliant code and style sheet use to caching techniques.
Do you have any other tools we missed out on? Please share them in the comments below