Manage Your Phone Wirelessly With AirDroid

Sometimes an app comes along that changes how you use your phone. AirDroid is one of them.

Once installed you can say goodbye to searching for your USB cable, typing out messages on your phone’s tiny keyboard and dedicating a USB slot to your phone. This app really is revolutionary.

Getting Started

AirDroid is an Android application developed by Sand Studio. In a nutshell, AirDroid allows you to remotely control aspects of your Android phone, without using any wires, and without needing to install any new software: everything is managed via your web browser.

Getting it set up is easy. Once the app is installed, open it and you will be presented with an IP address and a password. Enter these into your web browser and you will instantly be brought into the slick looking home of AirDroid, where you can immediately control your phone in a whole new way.

The Developer's banner for the app which showcases its great UI.

User Interface

There are two user interfaces in AirDroid: the app’s interface and the interface presented to you when you log onto the app from your web browser. I will take a look at the app’s interface first. 

The two main elements of the app's UI.

It is easy to see that the developers have gone for a minimal approach – makes sense, since you won’t be spending much time with the app itself. At the bottom of the app you have a list of icons where you can tweak your settings, set up passwords, and launch a host of different features. Even though the app interface isn’t exactly a masterpiece, it still works very well when you consider how much time you will actually spend using it. Once you start the app it stays in your status bar for as long as necessary as so you can disable it when you are finished.

AirDroid's web interface

Next up is the web interface. You can really tell that this is where the developers put a lot of thought into the design. It looks very similar to the desktop that most people work from on an everyday basis, which means that there are no new skills to learn. The developers have built in a taskbar, desktop icons and even support for windows. This proves to be a very natural and intuitive interface when using the web interface. Its minimalism will also strike you as a great element of the design.

The design of the user interface really does shine, and when you put your browser in full screen mode, it becomes almost as immersive as using a Windows or Mac desktop PC.

Features

AirDroid contains many great features, all with a focus on the wire-free experience. The first of these features is AirDroid’s music playback system.

The music playback interface.

Rather than presenting you with a generic list of file names, the app gets all the available information for your music by scanning the MP3 files’ ID3 tags. It then presents them in a similar manner to that of Windows Media Players, displaying albums, artists and song names in a neat manner. You can even play your music instantly and wirelessly!

Thumbnail view of the gallery.

It treats your photos in the exact same manner. Your file names appear and are laid out in a tidy grid where they can be viewed. This is exceptionally convenient for checking those pictures you just took with your phones built-in camera and getting them onto a bigger screen.

Composing a new SMS on the web interface.

The next feature is messaging. A quick search on the Android Market will return at least a hundred apps that send messages from your PC via your Android phone. AirDroid has all of this built in. Once you open the messaging icon it presents to you a list of threads already available to read on your phone. From there you can choose to read your messages in a neat threaded format or compose new messages. This is very handy for sending out long messages when you don’t want to use your phone’s tiny virtual keyboard. It’s also great for showing others a conversation, as people do not have to huddle around your phone’s screen.

Another excellent feature is its ability to check the phone’s status. Without even having to open an app there is a widget on the desktop with information about a variety of statistics to do with your Android device. It tells you how much of your SD card space has been taken up, how much of your internal memory is available and the model of your phone. I find this to be great when you have a small memory card as it’s a great indicator to indicate when it’s time to delete some old music or videos.

A list of all of my installed Apps

The last major function of the app is its installed apps management. It allows you to see all of the apps you have installed and even search them. For people (such as myself) who have a large number of apps, this feature is invaluable for getting a handle on them all.

But one app feature outshines all of the above: the ability to install apps over the air. This is very handy for those of you who download their apps from alternative sources such as XDA developers and find it to be a bane plugging your phone in just to install one app. This feature is by far my favourite of the whole app!

Verdict

Overall, AirDroid is an excellent app with major possibilities. For anybody who hates wires this app will come as a gift from the heavens; for those who don’t mind wires that much, this app will still be a pleasant surprise.

Pros: Excellent User Interface – this is (hopefully) the future of how all phones are managed and this app perfects the experience.

Cons: None


Summary

An amazing app that showcases the future of how we will be managing our phones.

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  • joxmar

    I try this app and is amazing! I can’t even believe is for free, which at the same time it makes me wonder that it might be suspicious, how sure am I that everything on my phone that is sent to the browsers isn’t also sent to someone’s server and collect data?

    Is it really safe?

    • iMagdy

      It can’t be collecting data, because the IP address you use is the IP address of your phone, it means that the entire web interface (in your browser) is hosted on your phone, and the connection is made between your phone and your computer.

  • iMagdy

    Freaking awesome, I love it! Installing now ♥

  • http://www.taur.in Lawrence Taur

    WOW! WOW! i cant think of anything else to say.

    Google needs to buy them! for like 5 billion or something!

    WOW!

  • John Manson

    This app is cool, no doubt. Essentially it is a Kies Air for those of us who don’t use a Samsung. However, it can only do things on an OS level and by that I mean, it doesn’t have access to other applications. I rarely send SMS messages now and use Whatsapp a whole lot more. It would be cool if I could use this app to type Whatsapp messages on my PC rather than on a virtual keyboard on the phone, but I can’t so its functionality is limited to me. Still, it is awesome and its free so I can’t complain too much. Maybe one day they will create an API that other app developers can hook into to allow access to other apps.

    The other thing I would say is, it doesn’t totally do away with cables for me either. Firstly because I don’t have a wireless network at home (I use AirDroid tethered) and secondly because smartphone batteries are still pretty weak and I like to keep my phone juiced up.

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  • Lew

    I installed AirDroid in hope for running Whatsapp but since it can’t run Whatsapp, I have uninstalled AirDroid…

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