Monday, September 8, 2014

AirDroid - Best Device Manager

Manage your Android devices on the web, all over the air. 
- No USB cable required.
- No driver installation required.
- Same WiFi network or Internet.
- Pure web app, works on Windows, Mac, Chromebook and Linux.

Simply install AirDroid on your Android and you’ll be able to enjoy the following features on your computer at
- SMS: send and receive individual or group messages.
- Apps: Import and export .apk files.
- Files: Manage files on Android and transferring files between Android and computer.
- Photos: View and manage photos on Android and transferring photos between Android and computer.
- Music & Videos: Play and manage music & videos on Android and transferring them between Android and computer.
- Ringtones: Set music as ringtone and export any ringtone.
- Contacts: View and edit all the contacts.
- Screenshot: View the real time screen of Android devices, take static screenshots. (root required)
- Camera: See through the lens of both front and back camera, also supports flashlight.
- URL: Push url to Android and open automatically open it with Android browser.
- Clipboard: Share clipboard content between Android and computer.
There are also some very useful features on the Android client, including WiFi tethering, file manager, task manager, etc.
AirDroid philosophies:
- One less cable.
You should be able to connect different devices wirelessly, without the hassles of USB cables.
- One less screen.
You should be able to work or play with one screen, without being distracted by other screens.
- One less worry.
You should be able to locate your Android devices any time, any where, and wipe all personal data if it's lost.
Media coverage:
- PCWorld: “This app allows you to take complete control of your Android device via your computer's Web browser.”
- Gizmodo: “I'm sending text SMS messages from my Android phone via my browser. I can't stress how great that is.”
- Lifehacker: “It's a remarkably comprehensive app, operates securely, and is a free download.”
- Android Police: “It's all the little things, the things that make AirDroid a joy to use, which make it the app of the year.”
Official Support Forum on XDA:
Thanks to our enthusiastic users around the world, AirDroid is speaking and learning new languages everyday:

Bridge the gap between your phone and computer with these apps

Sync your smartphone and computer without cables using these apps.

You phone and computer are both powerful machines, but they can get even more powerful when you connect them. I'm not talking about plugging in a USB cable; instead there are apps out there that help your desktop and Android talk to each other, helping you transfer files, view your notifications, and even send text messages without touching your smartphone.
I'm rounding up three apps that bridge the gap between phone and computer in a few different ways. These apps are mostly for Android, but iPhone users can look forward to Handoff, a new feature in iOS 8 that helps connect your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. With it, you can take calls from your Mac, start an email on your phone and finish it on the iPad, and more.

Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET


Free, Android and iOS
Pushbullet has grown a lot in the last year. What started out as a way to send links, notes, and files between your devices wirelessly has morphed into a powerful tool for both transferring information, and displaying your Android's notifications on your desktop, using the app and a browser extension for Chrome or Firefox.
This free app works well for sharing notes, links, checklists, files, and map locations from your computer to your phone or vice versa. You can also send those items to your friends who also use Pushbullet.
However, the main reason I use the app is to view my phone's notifications on my desktop. This feature is awesome for seeing who's calling, checking out what a text message says, or simply deciphering what's going on when my phone buzzes, all without taking my eyes off my computer screen. You can pick and choose which apps trigger a desktop notification, or turn the feature off altogether if you need a break from the pop-ups. Just a note that the iPhone app does not include this feature.
What's great: The app requires minimal setup, and it's dead simple to send items.
What's not: The Pushbullet app's design can be confusing at first.

Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET


Free, Android and iOS
Like Pushbullet, Moaxis connects to your phone to show your notifications on your desktop. However, the app's main purpose is to let you send text messages from the Moaxis Windows, Mac, and Chrome apps on your computer.
You download Moaxis for your phone and set it up by adding a new computer to sync with. Once you finish the setup process, you won't really need to open the app again. Instead, you'll use the desktop app to send text messages and view your phone's address book. Your existing SMS conversations appear in the app and you can pick up where you left off. The only downside is that while you can view your address book, you can't make any changes to it.
What's great: You can easily start new text conversations, or just continue existing ones.
What's not: The setup process can be a bit daunting, and you cannot edit your address book with the app.

Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET


Free, Android only
Airdroid has been around for several years and it's still a popular way to sync your phone with your computer. The app combines many features into one, including sending files wirelessly, viewing notifications on your desktop, and sending text messages from your desktop.
Airdroid focuses on helping you manage your device, from viewing call logs and your clipboard, to helping you install new apps and take a screenshot remotely. While you can send messages to your contacts, I've had mixed results with this feature. However, the rest of the tools work well and it's a great way to get a deeper look into your phone and apps.
What's great: You can access Airdroid's desktop dashboard from your browser, so you can use it on any machine.
What's not: You need to connect your phone with Airdroid every time you want to use it.