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Summary:

App developers tired of testing their software on multiple Android apps have long used emulators to simulate an Android device. Now they can do that right in the browser: Manymo offers 42 various online emulators for different screen sizes, display resolutions and Android versions.

Manymo, a web-based Android emulator

One of the challenges Android developers face is the wide array of devices their mobile apps have to support, each with a different screen size and resolution. Manymo can’t eliminate that problem, but it can make it easier for developers to test their software on various devices with different Android versions without actually having those devices. The solution is an emulator, which shows what an app looks like on a simulated device. That’s not new, but I haven’t seen many that run in a browser like Manymo does.

You actually don’t have to be a developer to see or use the product. Just hit up the Manymo site and launch the virtual device screen of your choice. You’ll get a basic version of Android with very few apps installed, but the browser works, illustrating the concept. App developers wanting to use Manymo to install their own software for development and testing must sign up for an account. For the moment, that’s free:

When we’re ready to start charging we’re thinking that we’ll continue to offer free access, but with a limit such that people who use it enough that they should pay do pay.

The idea here is clever: Instead of requiring a high-performance computer to test Android apps, it can be done in any browser on any machine. Manymo even works on my Chromebook’s meager hardware, for example. And it lets developers work on their apps even when away from their machines if they have access to their project files. Even better: There’s no need to borrow or purchase different Android devices to test for different screen sizes or Android versions.

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  1. Talk about geeks misusing tech. If this thing is emulating an app in a browser – why not team up with AMD and release a version that lets any computing device access Android Market/Google play and actually run the apps. I mean, they are already testing apps on it. They are saying that Android Apps don’t sell as well in a mobile device – giving them diverse revenue streams.

  2. I’ve tried it and it’s very slow. Unusably slow.

  3. Tried online emulator but it is very slow. Tried reading documentation but there is hardly anything in docs..probably docs have to be improved so that developers can give their feedback for improvement.

  4. josemiller3000 Monday, October 22, 2012

    Hi Kevin,
    Thanks for this informative and interesting post about the Android mobile apps. I really appreciate and it also help for the android developers too

  5. guys try youwave….super fast…not a web based emulator but behaves like a browser

  6. Ya sorry but that was a total waste of time and very bad advice. Manymo really does suck. Bad.

  7. If you could provide pc/laptop access to MY installed/paid Apps this thing could be huge.

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