If you've ever wanted to manage your Android phone from your computer's desktop then AirDroid is the answer to your prayers. Installation and use are blindingly simple. Point a web browser to the handset's IP address of your local network - it's provided by the app - then type in the supplied password and you're in. You can …
Great app, doesn't correctly identify my 32gig SD card though, for some reason it thinks it's a 10gig card. Works like a feature enhanced version of iFiles on the iPhone. Great little app.
try Remote Web Desktop by SmartDog Studio. Doesn't look quite as polished at first glance for basic functionality but does have a load of really powerful add-ons for anyone who has root access.
Why would you want this? Serious question, no insult intended. I can imagine why you'd want to manage your computer from your phone, but the other way round?
The killer feature
is the option to export apk files - if you have more than one Android device you'll wonder how you ever managed without it. Sending and reading texts in the browser is a pretty handy feature too.
for me it's music
If regularly work at remote stations - with this I can quickly connect to my phone and play my tunes through my desktop speakers. It's got dozens of uses, which is the main one will vary from person to person.
Big Screen Phone
Since ElReg featured DeskSMS I've been using it in a similar manner. Swapping between phone and PC is a tell tail sign that you're off texting the missus all the time, but with something like this then you can send and receive messages etc from your desktop
As the discipline of the various app developers is, how can I put this politely, *varied* and files seem to end up scattered about interal and external storage, it is very handy to be able to browse and find files again.
Your Instragram-type apps are bad for this, sticking photos in their own folders instead of the main system resource folder.
Reason No 1: I can use a 22 inch screen to f... about, instead of a 3.5 inch (yeah, I know, it could be whole 1 inch longer... er... bigger, but what f... difference does this make, really ;)
Reason No 2: I could use a full-size keyboard to f... about (change file names, reorganize folders, etc), instead of this f... virtual non-keyboard thinngy for people with micro-sized hands
Reason No 3: backing up apks using reason No1 and No2
that said, I can plug the mobile to my usb port (eh?) and do the same anyway (well, minus th apk backup)
Really, you have to ask that question? Text messages for one. Sure for email, it's probably just as easy to go to another mail app and type in a response, but if you deal with a lot of text messages, then typing on a big keyboard is great. I used to do it with an app on the old Sony Ericsson P9x series, and it was great. Also good if you don't have access to your email other than on the phone (no web access secure proxy etc) as you can then type long email as well.
Myself I find it handy to have this open in the steam browser so I can fire off a few reply's to my sms's while having my arse kicked in some random game.
RE: Why would you want this?
So you can send TXT messages from your PC without fiddling with the silly little keyboard. Easily. Use some of the 600 free ones I get every month. Can type about 4 times as fast on a real keyboard. 'nuff said.
maybe so people at work cannot see that you are sending text messages? Phone stays in your pocket, fingers type on normal keyboard!
How do they make money?
Maybe I haven't dug around enough, but how do these guys make money? They have a professional looking site and it's all very smart in appearance, but it makes me quite uncomfortable not knowing how they plan on making money from me when they're not asking for any.
Have people stopped asking this question or something?
Perhaps they do it for the enjoyment of doing it?
Why does it have to be about the money?
RE: How do they make money?
I imagine this is the key phrase in the article: "Technically, AirDroid is still in beta"
Don't be too surprised if it becomes payware/adware/crippleware (or some combination thereof) around about the same time it ceases to be "in beta".
An excellent app
Airdroid is great, seems to be the best way of transferring content to my Galaxy Nexus which doesn't seem to support USB disk mounting. Airdroid doesn't always like transferring very large files though but that may be down to my home wifi.
I already have some of this provided on my Motorola through their Moto phone portal, but this seems to be worth a look.
I've just installed and used it and it looks very good and since it seems to be a phone-based web server then I can control my Incredible, Wildfire and Vega simultaneously in three different tabs (because I can).
One mildly annoying thing was that I could rearrange the buttons by dragging them, but they returned to their original locations when one of them was pressed, so I won't do it again.
I tried to connect over the WiFi hotspot with mobile data running but this doesn't work (because of Android I think). It would be nice if this did work so you could connect your phone and laptop while away from home.
The AirDroid task manager showed that GTO, GoogleDocs and Dropbox were running on my phone even though the Android Running Services list did not show them. After killing them in Airdroid, they did not show again until I started then stopped them on the phone. Maybe somebody can shed some light on this?
This looks great but I can't easily connect both my phone and pc to the same wireless network at work. Does anyone know if there's an app with this functionality that will work over a wire connection?
It doesn't need to be a wireless network for the client computer
Just the same network.
My Macbook is on a wire to my router, phone on wireless - works a treat, as long as it's on the same subnet.
As for being outside of the network, I'd put £5 on port forwarding sorting that little problem; it just doesn't uPnP it by default.
Can I turn on, watch and use the phones camera?
Would make a useful remote controlled camera!
but Remote Web Desktop by SmartDog Studio does
I dunno anyone would choose to type on a phone given the option of a real keyboard so this seems like it should be a good idea.
It is not that good though. (Prefer a native application to a webui).
I would like full remote control (with 3d perhaps with a modified VirtualGL) none of the vnc based ones are good enough quality though for me. (The latest versions of rdp manage it so it is totally possible to offload stuff).
Don't get why people choose to use the least convenient device (the phone) (Except in the times it is most convenient (i.e out and about).)
PC>Laptop>Ultra portable>Tablet>Phone (Indoors) -
(outdoors or out and about) I use what ever is comfortable to do the job I need to. (Ideally nothing certainly not facebook).
Dunno why people want web anything either. (Anything web seems to be total junk other than a few exceptions (e.g the Bastion chrome web app).