#protips: A quick tour of the Trilibis multi-device emulator

May 28th, 2015 by

emulatorWe’re delighted to announce that an updated version of the Trilibis multi-device emulator is now available for developers at www.codewithsnow.com. It’s a great way for any UX designer or website developer to ensure that the presentation and functionality of a new website is perfect for all today’s modern desktop browsers, smartphones, and tablets.

Before we discuss what’s cool and new in the emulator, let’s review why there’s need for it in the first place. As we noted earlier, on April 21 of this year, Google’s “mobile-friendly” search ranking algorithm went into effect, accompanied by widespread consternation on the web. Perhaps predictably, #mobilegeddon, the term coined to describe the potential for websites to suffer a decrease in their organic search rank, ended up trending on Twitter. From what we observed, it seemed that mobilegeddon won out over mobilepocalypse, mopocalypse or mobocalypse.

No matter what the term, Google’s decision to negatively score the relevance of a site that performs poorly on a mobile device reflects a trend that has been accelerating over the last two years. Today, many visitor site logs will reveal a significant proportion of visitors are accessing the site with a mobile device of some sort. For many websites, the majority of visitors are now mobile-based.

If they weren’t keenly aware of it before, website owners and publishers worldwide must now assess their site’s mobile friendliness. Google has thoughtfully provided the “Mobile-Friendly test tool”, which analyzes a URL and reports if the page has a design that:

- Avoids software that is not common on mobile devices, such as Flash

- Uses text that is readable without zooming

- Sizes content to the screen so users don’t have to scroll horizontally or zoom

- Places links far enough apart so that the correct one can be easily tapped

The Trilibis emulator lets you evaluate both the look and functionality of a site

What if you need to know exactly how a site looks on every popular model of phone, smartphone or tablet? As part of the development of SNOW (Software eNabling One Web), we were confronted with exactly that need. This led to the development of the SNOW multi-device emulator — a way to test the operation of a website on a wide range of devices.

What is it?

The SNOW multi-device emulator provides an easy way to test the behavior of a site on multiple devices. It can be accessed at http://codewithsnow.com/emulator. The emulator accurately renders any website on many devices used to access the web, including smartphones, tablets, phablets, desktop browsers, and even hybrid apps. It also offers pre-configured groups so you can simultaneously test your website on a selection of popular smartphones and tablets.

The emulator also offers much more than just a quick way of seeing how your site looks in every major device or browser; it lets you access every page of that website within any of the dozens of devices it includes, and even the execution of videos, animations and other rich-media assets. We invite you to check it out and let us know how it helps in your development process.

To get access to the emulator, email us at info@trilibis.com.

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