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TeamViewer for Remote Control

Four Remote Desktop Apps for Android
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TeamViewer provides two mobile apps, both free to download. One is designed with the free service option in mind, while the other is used with a paid service. Both run on Android 1.6 and higher, and support tablets as well. They can remotely connect to Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux computers¸ but require installing their program on the computer. Creating an optional account (or using an existing one) lets you manage and easily access a list of remote computers, which is also available via their remote desktop PC application.

TeamViewer for Remote Control (free) lacks some of the features we want, like auto keyboard activation and audio redirection. Furthermore, the screen resolution detection could use improvement. On our tablet it choose a resolution that would fit to the sides, but the desktop would run off the screen vertically and required panning up and down to see the entire space. This resolution allowed for better viewing on the monitor of the physical computer. And if you needed to change the resolution, you have a wide range of resolutions that you can apply during the remote sessions.

When you open the TeamViewer app, you’re forced to view the main screens in the portrait orientation. Though landscape is used during remote sessions, having to turn to portrait view to sign-in, configure settings, and connect is a bit annoying.

Once connected, you’ll be reminded of the cursor and zooming gestures, as the controls for TeamViewer are markedly different than the competition. Unlike most remote desktop apps, you can’t tap directly on something you want to click on; you must move the cursor around the screen to exactly what you want to click and then tap the screen, which can make for some frustrating navigation.

Like LogMeIn Ignition, TeamViewer always connects to remote computers via the Internet, even if on the same Wi-Fi network. Lag was at a minimum, however.

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