Originally priced at $9.99, and currently at $4.99 in the Android Market as a holiday gift, the official Android client of one of the best cross-platform remote desktop applications, Splashtop Remote Desktop, is now available absolutely free of cost on both GetJar and the Amazon Appstore. Using the app, you can remotely access and control your entire computer, whether PC or Mac, complete with high quality display and audio stream, right from your Android device. The remote control mechanism takes place over a commonly shared Wi-Fi connection, can be secured using an user-defined password, and involves a desktop client (Splashtop Streamer) in between, which helps establish a successful connection between your device and the computer.
Splashtop Remote Desktop has been fully optimized for Android smartphones and tablets including Honeycomb, Nook Color and Kindle Fire. The app lets you stream photos, music and videos, play games, access your web browser, and remotely access data stored on your computer’s hard drive, all from the comfort of your couch.
All you need is the Splashtop Streamer application (the desktop client) running on your computer, and the mobile client running on your device. Splashtop Streamer is free, requires minimal configuration, and can be downloaded from the Splashtop website. Just hit the link, and download the client for your operating system.
Install and launch both clients (desktop and mobile), and make sure that both devices are connected to the same network. You must then note down the IP address displayed under the Status tab of the desktop application.
Next, on the mobile client’s homescreen, tap the plus (+) icon, provide all the required details including the Computer name, IP address, Password (optional), and tap Done. Your computer, once detected, gets listed on the app’s homescreen. You may add as many different computers to the list as you like, and access any one of them at a time. Tap on an added computer’s name, and the app will start displaying whatever is on its screen.
To help you understand its various controls, the app displays a bunch of important Hints at startup. Tapping the small keyboard icon on the bottom-right of the screen reveals a control panel at the top that carries buttons for commonly required keyboard controls, such as Shift, Alt, Ctrl, Windows, Del, navigation keys, copy (Ctrl+C), paste (Ctrl+V), and many more.
If you’re experiencing problems with the screen resolution, you can easily reconfigure it from within the mobile client’s settings screen. For this, you need to long-press on the required computer (on the app’s homescreen), tap Edit > Advanced, and select a Resolution of your choice from the dropdown menu.
Note: In order to install Splashtop Remote Desktop from the GetJar App Store, you must have the official GetJar app installed on your device. The app can be downloaded for free by visiting m.getjar.com from your Android device. Once downloaded, you can search for, and download Splashtop Remote Desktop manually from within the app or the browser, or take the following, shorter route:
- Open the GetJar app on your device.
- Navigate to the bottom of the screen and hit Quick Download.
- Enter ‘76092’ in the Quick Download Code box, and tap Download.
- On the product’s market page, hit Download again.
The link provided below takes you to the Splashtop Remote Desktop page on GetJar’s Android app store.
Splashtop Remote Desktop for Android (GetJar Link)