Friday, June 5, 2009

How to emulate a cell phone on PC using Windows Mobile 6.5 developer toolkit

Microsoft has released the Windows Mobile 6.5 developer toolkit for mobile application developers. The Tool Kit includes necessary documentation, sample code, a new touch and gesture API and a couple of emulator images and other tools that lets developers build applications for the Windows Mobile platform.

The developer tool kit is, of course, an essential component for anybody who is involved in mobile application development. But what I am interested here are the emulator images. The toolkit includes the following images:

Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional Square Emulator
Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional QVGA Emulator
Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional WQVGA Emulator
Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional VGA Emulator
Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional WVGA Emulator
Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard Square Emulator
Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard QVGA Emulator

mobile-emulator

To run a Windows Mobile emulator on your PC, this is what you will require:

  1. The Windows Mobile 6.5 emulator images
  2. WMDC (for Vista or Windows 7) or ActiveSync 4.5

At first, start any emulator from the Start menu > Windows Mobile 6 SDK > Stand Alone Emulator Images > <Language>.  Also start the device emulator manager (found under Start menu > Windows Mobile 6 SDK > Tools).

Once they are both started, open WMDC or ActiveSync. Click on File>Connection Settings and apply the options as shown in the screenshot below.

active-sync-config

Now, on the “Device Emulator Manager” select “Refresh”. The emulated device should show in the list as a GUID. Right click on it and click ‘Cradle’ to connect it to the PC.

device-emulator-manager2

You are now ready to use the cell phone emulator, but you still cannot access files and mobile applications that you have on your hard disk. To use them on your emulated cell phone, you will have to first move them to the device. 

To do this open My Computer to find your mobile device.

mobile-explorer

Open the device and navigate to the “My documents” folder on the device. This is the folder where you will need to move all files, pictures, and mobile applications you want to use with the device. After you have done it, open the emulator again and use the File Navigation to find them. Enjoy!

mobile-emulator-browse

[via Beta News and Windows Mobile Team Blog]

2 comments:

  1. Thank you. Entirely helpful.

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  2. can you send texts through this?

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