Sunday, August 22, 2010

Use Android to Remote Control Your computer

Image representing Android as depicted in Crun...Image via CrunchBaseI've been looking for the best solution to turn an Android Phone into a remote control for Windows. I have found four applications that work extremely well provided you have Android 2.0 or better installed. These are easy to use and install. The structure is similar for each one: you install an app on the phone that acts as a client and a program on the computer you want to remote control that acts as a server. If you want to control the computer of Wi-Fi both the phone and the computer have to be connected to the same access point and you just type in the computer's IP address into the phone app and you're good to go. If you want to use Bluetooth, you just have to pair the computer with the phone and then you are good to go. Here is a comparison chart for the four best apps I have found and how they are different. I suggest using all of them depending on what you are trying to do.
LOGO NAME URL Wi-Fi Bluetooth 3G Special
GMote X Controls all shared folders, stream music and video from computer to phone Free
pptRemote X X Controls powerpoint presentation, and displays notes on the phone Free
RRemoteDroid X X Offers control of computer Free
AndRemote X
X Most customizable. You can have different layouts for different programs you want to control on the PC. You can even make your own. €0.99
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