Unlike the iOS simulator, the Android SDK provides an Android emulator. Emulation means to make one device act like another – in this case make the PC/Mac behave like an Android device – command for command. Simulation means to give the user the impression he is using the simulated device. Hence the emulator has a tendency to be slower. eHow gives a good explanation of the difference between the 2.
To simulate the Android browser, use the Android browser that comes with the Android SDK. This is available for Windows/Mac/Linux.
To get this set up:
- Download the Android SDK from Google’s Android site http://developer.android.com/sdk/ (requires Java)
- Open up a terminal – Terminal for Mac, Run “cmd” on Windows
- Navigate to the SDK folder via terminal
- Under [SDK]/tools, run “android” – you will see the “Android SDK and AVD Manager”
- Click on “Available Packages” and choose which versions of Android you want to install and install. The Android developer site has steps as well.
- Click on “Virtual Devices” and click on the “New” button. The “Create New Android Virtual Device (AVD)” will show up
- See the Android developer site for more information on AVD creation.
- Once the AVD is created, click on it on the AVD Manager and then “Start” and then “Launch”. The Android emulator will pop up.
- On the emulator, navigate to the Browser and test