Online Android Simulators for PC vs Physical Devices
Android emulators simulate the hardware and software of Android devices on your computer so that you can test your Android apps without having a physical device in hand. While easily accessible and inexpensive, emulators have significant device hardware and software limitations. As a result, your mobile app may pass an Android emulator test, but fail on a real device. In fact, Google even recommends that you test your mobile app on a real device prior to submitting it to the Play Store!
How do Android Emulators and Physical Android Devices compare
After speaking to our tens of thousands of customers, we have created a checklist that compares what you can test on emulators and real devices.
|Android Emulator||Physical Android Device||Browserstack Real Devices|
|Mobile App Functionality|
|App basic functionality and UI layout|
|Application load speed|
|Test interrupts, battery consumption, CPU & memory utilization|
|Natural gestures (tap, scroll, zoom, pinch, pinch and zoom and more)|
|Colors and resolutions which render differently on different screen densities|
|UI performance (transitions and orientation)|
|Hardware functionality (bluetooth, camera, gps, and more)||Coming soon|
|App performance across device configurations (chipsets, memory, etc.)|
|100% real world accuracy|
Advantages of testing real devices in the cloud
Compared to Android emulators, physical Android devices have the benefit of testing performance and accuracy. However, this requires buying, configuring and maintaining a lab of devices. Our Real Device Cloud gives you instant access to 1000s of real Android devices to test your mobile applications, right from your browser.
|Criteria||Physical Device||BrowserStack Real Device Cloud|
|Sharing devices between remote teams||Difficult||Easy|
|Device coverage||Up to $1200 per device||$59 per month|