AirDroid 3 is a handy free application that blurs the line between Android and other operating systems. It is the third instalment of renowned AirDroid ecosystem that lets you take the total control of the device via your PC’s roomy display. Remote access to the phone data is no more tangled in clumsy wires.
It is not a run-of-the-mill smartphone PC suite utility. It’s an all-in-one solution for Computer-Android data transfer, screen mirroring, file management, remote app access and much more! Client side software is not a must for its functioning, and that is one of the highlighted features. You can find this revolutionary piece of tech listed on ‘recommended’ columns of leading technology websites such as XDA, PCWorld, BGR, Phandroid, Gizmodo, LifeHacker, CNET, etc.
As the name suggests, it doesn’t shackle you with wires, provided that you should be able to establish a Wi-Fi connection between devices. The technology is can be comprehensibly explained by taking the configuration of ADSL modem as an example. As in the case of modem, there’s a website stored locally (phone acts as host), which can be accessed by inputting the IP Address – Passcode combination (“http://192.168.xx.xx:8888) in client’s web browser. Data transfer is facilitated by the means of it.
The app exposes almost every data in your phone to the client. The client is granted permission to access contacts, messages, photos, music, videos, ringtones, and camera without notifying the host. Even some third-party apps like WhatsApp, Line and WeChat, can be accessed in this manner. Notification Mirror is active all the time and notifications will be automatically sent to the client in real-time.
You can import and export any file (including ‘.apk’ files) between host and client irrespective of the file format and size. Large files will be automatically archived into ‘.zip' format. There’s option to send folders with any number of subfolders directly and conserve its structure. The clipboard of the host is made editable to the client so that plain text can be transferred without saving it into files.
Performance and data security
The app could flawlessly handle all functions except the remote camera, where we could find noticeable lag in communicating with higher resolution Smartphone cameras (Test device – Sony Xperia Z3). The problem was not that significant with Cameras up to 8 Mega Pixels (Test device – LG Nexus 5). AirDroid gave satisfactory results in our data transfer speed test also. It could transfer a 750MB file in roughly 54 seconds (average speed of 14MBps).
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Here are the ten cool features you’ll definitely love it!
- Remote access like never before – Access a number of built-in apps like Contacts, Photos, Music, Videos and much more
- Set ringtones remotely – Set audio from either client or host as your ringtone
- See what your phone sees – Directly access your phone’s front and back cameras and snap your best moments through the client device
- Real-time screenshots without raising your phone
- Send Text directly to device clipboard without saving it into word or text files
- Push URL to default web browser of your phone
- Notification mirror for displaying notifications from allowed apps on client device
- Enjoy accessing your apps and games via AirMirror (beta)service (root required)
- Lightning-fast data transfer
- Any file including Android Application Package (apk) files can be transferred
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Before plunging to the download button, make sure that your device can run it!
- Android version: 2.2 and above
- Processor: 1 GHz
- RAM: 512 MB
- Note: Certain facilities like AirMirror requires root access. For better functionality, it is recommended to use Windows or Mac client software from the developer. You can download it from developer website for free. Instead of IP plus passcode combination, you can also use web.airdroid.com to access AirDroid.
Our tests revealed that AirDroid is better equipped, focused and connected as the developer claims. It outdoes any other remote access application on the market in terms of handiness and performance. Laggy remote camera and lack of responsive web design are the only cons we could find in it. Overall, the app is worth a try!