10 May 2012

Although smartphones and tablets are quickly replacing conventional computers, the complete switch has yet to be made. This is because there are still many tasks that can only be performed on a desktop computer. For this purpose, we sometimes require remotely accessing computers to perform certain tasks. For example, one may require collaborating with a friend via remote desktop or might have to log in to a remote server at office to perform maintenance.
Let’s take a look at some of the best remote access applications for Android, which can help you remotely work on a desktop computer.

TeamViewer is one of the most famous remote desktop and collaboration applications. It is available for all major platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. This provides users with the capability to collaborate and share their desktop, regardless of their operating system. With TeamViewer you can remotely access computers and assist friends or family members with system issues via desktop sharing.

TeamViewer has both a free and paid version. The paid version is ideal for the corporate environment to collaborate and to remotely provide support to clients, as well as to administer computers. TeamViewer is free for non-commercial use; however a commercial license is required for corporate usage and to acquire advanced features. The paid version provides additional options like enhanced multi-monitor support, faster drag and drop, the ability to save connection settings per computer, AVI format conversion for recorded sessions, optimized performance and more. With TeamViewer you can even take part in group chats and be a part of meetings on the go. Other than remote access, TeamViewer also offers options for VoIP, conference call, whiteboard, and scheduling meetings.

If for some reason you are looking for an alternative for TeamViewer, then android-vnc-viewer is the perfect application for you. It allows users to remotely access their desktop via an Android device and is capable of connecting to most VNC servers including RealVNC (Windows and Linux), TightVNC, x11vnc and Apple Remote Desktop (Mac). You can also import and export settings to a file from your SD card and URLs for importing settings. The latter can be quite useful for deploying a number of devices with the same configurations.

Other major features of android-vnc-viewer include keyboard zoom, the option to configure multiple connections, multiple input modes and more. android-vnc-viewer is a good application for performing basic tasks such as accessing files on your computer and remotely managing uploading and downloading functions. The only problem with android-vnc-viewer is that it requires a VNC server and many users might not have the knowledge to setup a VNC server on their desktop computers.

PocketCloud Remote RDP / VNC is another robust application for Windows and Mac users who own an Android device. It provides remote access to your computer over a Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G network. It is ideal for business class users who require remote access, virtualization, and good connectivity options to remotely access their computer. With PocketCloud, you can remotely perform critical tasks such as making presentations, collaborating with friends and colleagues, editing important documents (such as spreadsheets), and grabbing files from your computer.

PocketCloud provides connectivity options for both novice and advanced users. You can either connect to your computer by following a minimalist setup or use the “Advanced Setup” to connect to a computer running VNC or RDP via the computer’s hostname/IP address. What makes PocketCloud quite useful is its ability to pack a number of useful features in one application. These include remote connectivity via three major options (RDP, VNC and via Google account), high accuracy screen control, auto activation for keyboard, custom keyboard, and more. PocketCloud also has a paid version which costs US$14.99 and delivers extra features such as connectivity to multiple computers (free version is limited to 1 computer), encryption, and VMWare View support.


Post a Comment