Android Phone Emulator

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 7, 2008
Updated • Apr 11, 2013
Google Android

T-mobile setup a flash based emulator of their upcoming Android phone T-Mobile G1 to visualize some of the functionality of the of the first Android phone. The emulator has its shortcomings like displaying the Android phone in the wrong size and some functionality is severely limited, but it may provide users with a quick glance of what they can expect from the phone when it launches. I highly suggest you test it in store just to make sure it is the right phone for you before you make a buying decision.

Taking those limitations aside the Android phone emulator does provide a good overview of some of the features that the Android phone will offer. It is possible to get a first impression of the Google browser, Google maps and other features like receiving calls, sms or mms. There is no real interaction with the emulator though. It is for instance not possible to use it to open any websites or actually call someone.

The flash based website of the Android phone emulator contains two additional sections that are important if you want to get an impression of the phone's dimensions because they seem to display the phone in the correct size.

The above screenshot has been taken from the Android phone emulator while the screenshot below was taken from the 360 view option. The screenshot from the Android phone emulator had to be reduced in size to fit on the screen while the screenshot below depicts the actual size of the original screenshot.

It would have been better if T-Mobile would have used the correct Android phone dimensions for the emulator as well so that potential buyers and interested users would get a real feeling for the phone's dimensions which is especially important for tasks like web surfing, emails and the phone's qwerty keyboard. Basically any text-based operation benefits from a larger screen which may confuse users if they find out later that the phone's dimension are not as large as the emulator suggested they would be.

Update: The emulator is still up and running. Remember that you need Flash installed on your computer to run it in your web browser The phone is not the newest anymore, but the emulator can still provide you with a nice impression of how Android phones work.


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  1. Anonymous said on November 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    there is a very beatiful phone

  2. afambele godlove said on July 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    i think the phone is beats!!! and even greater than the iphone 4s. i have one and everyday i find new options

  3. Anonymous said on November 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    anroid is a software v can download free games and application

  4. sathya said on September 19, 2011 at 11:05 am

    how antroid works?

  5. sathya said on September 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

    what is antroid? how it is works?

  6. Nice stuff u gat dere said on August 1, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Nyce phones

  7. xwatchmanx said on October 31, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    nice idea and cool, but rather pointless. it’s outdated (running 1.5), and you can’t even slideout the qwerty keyboard. I understand the inability to call or text, but there’s no logical reason you shouldn’t be able to use the internet. without it, you can’t even download free apps from the market to test them. performance does not mimic real android in the least. In conclusion, this emulator fails to deliver the 2 most important reasons anyone would want to use this: testing apps and data, and testing root and custom ROMs so as not to brick their real phones.

  8. Ivy said on September 14, 2010 at 4:35 am

    we are in android phones market, with different models. choose us, you will believe

  9. Silver Fang said on August 16, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    That’s a neat looking phone with a very nice keyboard. Seeing as it’s an emulator, I’ll take it that that’s not an actual phone model. Shame.

  10. franklin owusu said on May 27, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Just want to learn more about the phone.(have one)

  11. Anonymous said on February 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    how much is it?

  12. michael said on December 8, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    how do i syn my t-mobile with my pc

  13. Anonymous said on July 6, 2009 at 3:16 pm


    This is the atractive Title,… but nothing to downloads….. ‘


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