Opera Software says it is making mobile Web testing easier with the release of a new emulator for testing the Opera browser on Websites from Windows, Linux and Mac desktop computers.
Opera Software said April 22 it is "making mobile Web testing even easier"
with the release of a new emulator for testing the Opera browser on Websites
from Windows, Linux and Mac desktop computers.
With the Opera
"Developers can now install a full version of Opera
Mobile, as well as the Opera Widgets Mobile Emulator, and test Websites from
the comfort of their desktop computers," the company said. The emulator
can be downloaded here.
In an April 22 blog post, Andreas Bovens,
group leader for developer
relations at Opera, said, "A bit more than a month after the release of
Opera Mobile 10 for Windows Mobile and Symbian smartphones, we are happy to
announce a special developer version of Opera Mobile 10 for Windows, Mac and
"With Opera Mobile running on the desktop, developers are relieved of [the
burden of] investing time and money in multiple phones for testing. Opera Mobile
allows developers to resize the application easily to emulate the wide variety
of mobile screen sizes. The Opera Widgets Mobile Emulator similarly helps
developers test their mobile widgets directly from their computers. Both these
applications can be used in tandem with Opera Dragonfly
debugger], significantly lowering the barrier to mobile debugging," Opera said.
"With more people accessing the Web from their phones, optimizing and
tweaking Web content for display on phones is increasingly important,"
Bovens said in a statement. "By making a version of Opera Mobile available
for normal desktop computers, [Opera Software has made it so that] developers
are now able to create mobile optimized Websites and widgets quickly and
efficiently, without investing in multiple testing devices."
In his blog post, Bovens said, "Testing mobile browsers usually
requires Web developers to buy one or more devices on which they then can
investigate how their Websites perform. The Opera Mobile Emulator is designed
to make the whole testing effort a bit easier: You install a small, native
application on the platform of your choice, and load Web pages from the comfort
of your desktop."
A developer introduction can be found here.