Four Remote Desktop Apps for Android

TeamViewer for Remote Control

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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  • alvine
    great article I was looking remote desktop android apps :D
  • Anonymous
    Good article, I tried all those out (thank goodness for the 15 minute grace period), but in the end, I preferred the Xtralogic Remote Desktop Client
  • cirslevin
    you should mention that teamviewer connection is always encrypted, while some of others (e.g., splashtop) is not.
  • Anonymous
    There is one very easy solution to all this - free Ammyy Admin

    It doesn't require installation or specific config. It works behind gateways NAT without port mapping as well as within one LAN.

    Good alternative though!
  • Anonymous
    If you are transmitting sensitive information using these apps you should try to understand how they participate in the information flow after you have cretaed a connection. For example I understand that teamviewer will create a connection between the two device and all infor,mation tehn passes trhough a "team viewer sever" ( I have used team viewer, remote desktop and hamachi). Other apps may create the connection but do not participate after the connection is made. I am no expert but there would be different levels of risk that should be considered when selecting an applicaction to suit your own purpose.
  • infoaliasgar
    Good article regarding selecting a remote support software. Also, in addition to logmein, teamviewer etc. there are other quality remote support solutions such as PC anywhere, gosupportnow, PC Now etc.
  • Anonymous
    I'm trying to show a friend how to run a VPN and put remote-viewing software behind it. Maybe your next article? ;)