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Virtual device

Virtual device

Virtual device definition

A virtual device is a software-based tool that mimics the functions and features of physical hardware components. Developers use this tool to test software without accessing the actual gadget. It offers a platform for checking software behavior on various equipment types, like phones or tablets. Virtual devices can replicate a range of tech products. Essentially, they create a digital environment to test compatibility across multiple apparatuses.

See also: Host virtual machine, Virtual environment

Examples of a virtual device

  1. Android emulator. Developers use this tool within Android Studio. It mimics different Android devices, letting them test apps without the actual hardware.
  2. iOS simulator. Part of Apple’s Xcode, it allows for app testing on virtual iPhones and iPads. This ensures broad compatibility across Apple products.
  3. Virtual machines. VMware and VirtualBox are examples. They run multiple operating systems on one computer, aiding in diverse software tests.
  4. Network emulator. Tools like WANem replicate network conditions, from slow speeds to data losses. This helps engineers ensure applications can handle various network scenarios.
  5. Smart home simulators. For the emerging smart home market, platforms like Amazon’s Alexa simulator come in handy. They help fine-tune software to work seamlessly in automated home environments.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security