How much do you love Android? Do you love it so much that you’d like to use it all the time, even when you’re sitting at your PC? This might be taking the idea of being an Android fanboy a little too far, but there are lots of reasons why you might want to have Android running on your PC.
Just as you may emulate a second copy of Windows in a virtual environment for testing purposes, so you can do the same with Google’s mobile operating system. Not all that long ago I looked at how this can be achieved with VirtualBox and a freely downloadable ROM, but now I have another more impressive and stable option to share — Genymotion.
If you own an Android device and you’re reading this site, chances are that you’re a tech-oriented person and your life involves other gadgets and operating systems, whether it’s a computer running Windows or Mac OS, or an iOS device — iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. While each of these platforms seems to include more proprietary services and apps with every new release, there still is — thankfully — a middle ground where it’s possible to make different devices talk to each other.
It’s this middle ground, and the tricks and apps that make use of it, that we have explored and dug deep into over the past couple of months. Over the course of two different series, we explained how you can use your Android device with a Windows or a Mac computer, as well as how you can keep it in sync with different iOS devices. Here are all the articles grouped together for easy referencing and bookmarking:
Use your Android device with a Windows or a Mac
- Android and Your PC / Mac: 46 Tools to Share Content Seamlessly
- Android and Your PC / Mac: 26 Tools for Remote Control and Access
Use your Android device alongside an iPhone, iPad or iPod
- Keep Android and iOS in Sync, Part 1: Data, Email, Contacts and Calendar
- Keep Android and iOS in Sync, Part 2: Music, Photos and Videos
- Keep Android and iOS in Sync, Part 3: Apps and Services
- Keep Android and iOS in Sync, Part 4: Limitations and Caveats
We recently selected 46 great applications to synchronize content seamlessly between your Android device and your computer so you can enjoy the same content on the go and on your computer without having to worry about manually transferring data.
Today, we’d like to push things a little further and make Android interact directly with your computer. We’ve handpicked a bunch of apps to remotely control or access your computer from your phone, stream content from your computer directly to your tablet or phone, and even use your Android device as an extra monitor.
Screen sharing apps could be seen as the poor cousin of remote access tools. While the latter can be used to dial into and control a computer running the necessary software, screen sharing tools such as Mikogo only provide a viewing experience. It’s a one-way process, but that certainly does not mean that it is any less useful.
While Android moves closer and closer to world domination, there is still one very important place it’s lacking: syncing to your computer. There is a void that needs to be filled here by Google, because at the moment Android phones come with no desktop software to do things like sync your calendar, address book, music, and photos (aside from syncing to your Google account). SyncMate, an Android app with accompanying Mac desktop software, hopes to fill that void for OS X users.