Smartphone users are looking for better ways to manage their devices, be it phones or tablets. Plugging in via a USB cable and then loading the proprietary software in order to transfer files back and forth is a long, time-consuming and not so pleasing process. Previously, we reviewed LazyDroid, which helps you manage and transfer files wirelessly. It was bit limited in features with not so friendly interface. The concept was simple, access an browser to transfer files, manage and control device. All you have to do is start the app, and enter the unique URL created.
This time, its new, unique in design, fast and easy to use with all the controls one can require. The concept stays the same, but approach is different. AirDroid, is a fast and free app that allows users to completely manage and control Android phone or tablet wirelessly. This can be done so using any browser on any Operating System platform, Windows, Mac or Linux.
Launch the app after installation. Main screen will state the options of either opening a web address (on desktop machine) or enter the unique pass-code generated on your device. To make it even faster, point to web.airdroid.com and scan the QR code visible on the page. Yes, its that simple, page will start loading on the browser. Main page would look similar to this (bottom image).
From the bar available on top center, quick search can be done within Google Play, screens can be split into multiple desktops, with shortcuts to quick message, speed install and fast upload. User can have a quick preview of the device with running Android version, available memory and storage. Status bar is visible in the bottom right corner highlighting battery life, radio and wireless strength. Quick icons are available for messages, apps, files, photos, music, videos, logs, contacts etc.
File Manage for AirDroid is simply unique. Users can search for files, change layout, create folders, cut, copy, paste, delete, upload and download any files / folders to desktop. Click the Hotkeys link in the bottom right corner of Files App for quick tab on shortcuts for File Manager. And not to forget, users can download any file and folder in zip format by doing a right-click on the name.
User can take screen shots. Root is required for this process. Open the built-in screen shot app, snap can be taken and saved.
Apps allow user to manage applications installed on the device. Apps can be downloaded for backup purpose or simply uninstalled right from the browser. User can select apps and simply tap the Download button on the top right.
The functionality and usability of this application is great. Being completely web based, it does the job pretty well. Be it uploading or downloading files, taking screen shots, or sending messaging from the browser app. It is unique and becomes one of our favorites at WT.