Google is obviously taking mobile more seriously. With plans to turn up the dial on mobile as a ranking signal, site owners are scrambling to prepare for the update.
The purpose of this post is to demonstrate, in simple terms, how marketers and developers can use the Mobile Emulation Tool in Chrome Developer Tools to preview their site on any mobile device. (I really try to avoid geek speak as much as possible in these demos.)
A Few Highlights
Provides Impressive Selection of Devices
You can see from the screenshot below (which still isn’t exhaustive) just how many mobile devices, tablets, and notebooks you have to choose from.
User Agent Updates with Device
As you can see in the screenshot below, the user agent actually updates to match the device you’ve selected.
I demonstrate in the video how you can confirm this using Google Analytics’ Real Time reports.
Hover Events Replaced with Touch Events
When you turn on the Mobile Emulator Tool, Chrome emulates touch events. So instead of a cursor that turns into the iconic hand to indicate a hover event, your cursor is a dot that you can click and drag to replicate touch-and-drag motions on a mobile device.
Enables Interaction with Media Queries
Media queries (set in a site’s CSS) determine how your adjusts to different viewports (total geek speak for the viewable area of a device) — provided, of course, your site is responsive and actually updates to different viewports.
You can easily view how your site is programmed to look in different devices.
And if you right-click on any of these colored segments (I explain the difference in the colors in the video), you can view the code in the Sources tab and even update it.
Full Chrome Developer Tools Editing Ability
Check out these features and more in the video below.
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