Windows Phone 8 Emulator Skin Switcher 1.0 released on codeplex

Last year when working on some Windows Phone 7 projects i thought it was a good idea to change the skin of the Phone emulator of all the developers in our team for screenshots and demos. I created a project on codeplex and gathered all the skins i could find on the internet into a simple app where people could switch from the default skin to a Lumia 800, HTC device or Samsung phone for example.

When Windows Phone 8 was announced i received a lot of questions from people to update the skin switcher app to support Windows Phone 8 and finally today i had time to finish this project and upload version 1.0 on codeplex.

In the Windows Phone 8 Emulator Skin Switcher you can choose between 17 different skins from all currently available Windows Phone 8 devices. The app works the same way as it did for Windows Phone 7. Just start the skin switcher, select a skin and restart your emulator. You can select up to 3 different skins at the same time. 1 for each emulator resolution.

emulator skin switcher wxga

Available skins at 1.0 release:

  • WVGA
  • WP8 Default
  • HTC 8S Blue
  • HTC 8S Orange
  • Nokia Lumia 820 Black
  • Nokia Lumia 820 Cyan
  • Nokia Lumia 820 Red
  • Nokia Lumia 820 White
  • Nokia Lumia 820 Yellow
  • WXGA
  • WP8 Default
  • Nokia Lumia 920 Black
  • Nokia Lumia 920 Grey
  • Nokia Lumia 920 Red
  • Nokia Lumia 920 White
  • Nokia Lumia 920 Yellow
  • 720p
  • WP8 Default
  • HTC 8X Black
  • HTC 8X Blue
  • HTC 8X Neon
  • HTC 8X Red
  • Samsung Ativ S

You can download the Windows Phone 8 Emulator Skin switcher at codeplex here:

http://wp8emulatorskins.codeplex.com/

If you’re still working with Windows Phone 7 you can use the old Windows Phone 7 Emulator Skin Swicher which is also available on codeplex

HTC_8S_Blue_Skin_Up_480x800 HTC_8X_Neon_Skin_Down_720x1280 Nokia_Lumia_820_Cyan_Skin_Up_480x800 Nokia_Lumia_820_Red_Skin_Up_480x800 Nokia_Lumia_920_Grey_Skin_Up_768x1280 Samsung_ATIV_S_Skin_Down_720x1280

If you have any feedback or if you’ve created a skin yourself and would like to have it added to the application let me know by adding a comment here or contact me on twitter

Happy Coding and testing using your skinned Windows Phone 8 emulator!

Geert van der Cruijsen

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