Splashtop is one of the leading pieces of remote desktop software, not to mention app of choice for NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang when he wants to play Skyrim on his tablet. Now, Splashtop 2 HD has hit the Play Store, bringing pinch-to-zoom support, a new interface, and a very attractive price tag of free, for the time being.

As of right now, the app is free on the Play Store, however Splashtop says that this deal will only be available "for a limited time." Now, according the Play Store rules, a developer cannot convert a free app into a paid app, so it's unclear just how this will work once the developer ends the free period. They might remove the free listing, create a paid listing, and then all current users can continue to use it (sans updates, of course) as long as they don't uninstall the app. Or, perhaps, the charge will be implemented via a new in-app purchase. This may mean that even users who download it for free now could be paying in the future. Either way, free-at-the-moment is still the best deal you can get on a Splashtop app, regardless of how long you get to keep it. When the app does turn paid, the company says it will cost a one-time fee of $9.99.

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In addition to the aforementioned non/pending charge, there will also be an in-app subscription to unlock the ability to stream your desktop over 3G/4G via the Anywhere Access Pack. Plan options are either $0.99 a month or $9.99 for a full year. On the one hand, it can feel disheartening being charged multiple times for the same product because of where you use it. On the other hand, it's a pretty small price to pay for a feature that most users would either rarely need, or need often enough to make the $10 a year worth it.

If you'd like to give it a whirl, grab the app from the Play Store via the widget below. Be sure not to uninstall it later on, though, in case Splashtop lets free users keep it once the paid version goes into effect.

Update: One of our readers wrote in asking Splashtop about the confusing update cycle and got this response in return:


This still doesn't clear up quite how free users will be affected by the inevitable switch to a paid Splashtop 2 HD app, but hey, at least if you're using the old version, you could maybe score some free Anywhere Access!

Splashtop 2 Now Available for Android Tablets-

Top Remote Desktop App is Faster, Simpler and More Secure

Splashtop 2 - the next generation of remote desktop software - is now available for Android tablets along with its proprietary "Bridging Cloud" infrastructure, high performance clusters of secure Internet relay servers that connect users with their computers and mobile devices worldwide

August 8, 2012 - San Jose, CA - Splashtop Inc., the worldwide leader in cross-device computing, today announced the release of Splashtop 2 HD for Android tablets - the next generation of its award-winning remote desktop. To achieve a new level of enhanced security, reliability and performance in Splashtop 2, Splashtop has built a global network of relay servers to form a "Bridging Cloud" infrastructure.

To date, Splashtop has empowered more than seven million users of mobile devices, from tablets to smartphones, to remotely access Windows PCs and Macs to run applications, view and edit files, watch HD movies and play graphic-intensive games.

Now by popular demand, Splashtop is delivering Splashtop 2 HD for Android tablets running Android 3.1 and up. It supports high definition ("HD") video and is designed for devices with a screen density of 1280x800 on sizes of seven or ten inches.

Splashtop 2 HD for Android tablets features:
* Pinch and zoom (which is a new feature first introduced into HD version)
* Optimized performance leveraging hardware specific platform acceleration
* New, easy user interface
* Wake-on-LAN (WoL)
* 3G/4G and Internet support with the Anywhere Access Pack

"In response to the high demand from Splashtop fans, we are delivering Splashtop 2 HD for Android tablet owners," noted Mark Lee, Splashtop CEO and co-founder. "With Splahstop 2 HD, users can now turn their Android tablets into a remote desktop to access their computers files, anywhere, anytime."

"Security and privacy are no longer merely corporate concerns. Regular people like you and me also need to be reassured that our data is always safe and secure - every file on every device, everywhere and everyday. Splashtop 2 offers that peace of mind," noted Mark Lee, Splashtop CEO and co-founder. "Beyond security and privacy, Splashtop continues to make ease of use a priority. And, of course, we pride ourselves in staying ahead of the technology curve with our industry-leading performance."

The Splashtop 2 HD app is available in basic form, which allows connectivity between devices in a local area network (LAN) environment; in addition, a module called "Anywhere Access Pack," available by in-app purchase, will allow users to connect to their devices across the Internet.

Splashtop 2 HD has an easy-to-use interface and has been optimized for new hardware features, such as HD resolutions. Splashtop 2 HD supports up to 30 frames per second of streaming and sub-30-millisecond latency, providing for smooth video and responsive gaming experience.

With Splashtop 2 HD, the only configuration needed to connect to computers is a user name and password. There is no need to configure routers or firewalls, or to manually enter IP addresses or security codes. With the addition of Anywhere Access Pack, the same simple process lets users connect to their devices reliably from anywhere in the world, over the Internet.

In addition, the app has self-optimizing technology that adapts to the conditions of the network, enabling the user to take full advantage of the bandwidth of a 3G/4G network or Internet connection. In addition to protecting user data through its proprietary Bridging Cloud, Splashtop deploys industry-standard encryption technology to maintain a high level of security.

A short video of Splashtop 2 HD for Android tablets is available at http://youtu.be/OetpCVCP7W4 and a slideshow can be viewed at http://www.slideshare.net/secret/f9BF53ATVIndA4

Splashtop 2 HD can be downloaded for Android tablets at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.splashtop.remote.pad.v2 from Google Play free of charge for a limited time, after which it will have a list price of $9.99 USD.  The Anywhere Access Pack can be purchased for $0.99 USD per month or $9.99 USD per year.

Splashtop Streamer

Splashtop 2 HD requires the downloading and installation of the free Splashtop Streamer software onto a Window PC or a Mac. Supported platforms: Windows 7, Vista, and XP (including Home Premium), Mac OS X 10.6+ (Snow Leopard or Lion is required for Mac users). A computer with dual-core CPU is recommended for best performance. The purchase of Splashtop 2 includes a license to access up to 2 computers.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    I wonder if people who bought the original splashtop HD will be able to get Splashtop 2 for free once it goes paid?

  • Bill Vanderploeg

    Incompatible with my OG Epic 4G running CM9.

    • miso_sori

      Phone version supposed to come at a later date.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=647942962 Jerome Vadon

    Not compliant with Galaxy Note (ICS)... :s

  • Mike

    is it possible to download (i.e. "purchase" this free app) so that it gets tied to my account, even though I don't have a compatible tablet (only a smaller android phone)? I don't want to miss the opportunity to get it before goes paid

    • Himmat Singh

      Just download it anyway. It will then be in your 'purchase' history.

      • ericl5112

        You can't. If he doesn't have a compatible device, playstore won't let him download it at all. I've missed out on my share of deals like this as well. You could try borrowing a friends tablet, but otherwise, you're out of luck.

    • atlouiedog

      You might be able to run Android x86 in a virtual machine on your computer and edit the build.prop to disguise it as a compatible device.

    • James Carnley

      It's impossible to switch a Free app in the Play Store to be a Paid app. There is no way they can start charging for this unless they make an entirely new listing on the Play Store.

      This is actually more of a freeware app. It only works over LAN unless you purchase an add-on module that lets it work over the internet.

      You're safe. You don't need to download this just to have it.

  • Himmat Singh

    Why is this free again? Is there something else I need to know?

  • ericl5112

    Note to people who have used splashtop 1 before. Open a ticket with splashtop explaining that you have already been a splashtop customer, and give them the gmail address you used for internet discovery, along with the email address for your new splashtop account. I did that when I saw they were moving to the subscription model on the iPad, and they gave me free AAP for life (basically, the functionality you already have, access your computer from other networks). New customers, and past customers that don't do this have to pay a subscription.


  • UniBroW

    I like Splashtop but this seems like a step backwards. Why only access to two devices and why do you need a subscription to remote from the internet...

    • splashtop

      The Splashtop2 license is for 5 computers. Above streamer license info needs to be updated. sorry for the confusion. -- Splashtop

  • StriderWhite

    Good app! I bought the HD release a while ago, and I use it every day!

  • Robert R

    Hopefully this stays Free for a few days The nexus 7 Tablet I won via the beansoft comp come sin tomorrow :)

  • Rob

    oops double double.

  • Brian

    Doesnt work properly on the Nexus 7, which has the 1280x800 resolution they supposedly built this on. At least for the purchase of this so-called Anywhere Access Pack, it doesnt scroll down far enough for you to purchase it/hit the purchase button that should be there...

  • Roger

    Doesn't seem to be available in Market currently. Clicked on the market link above and ability to install to my device was greyed out. Did a search from my phone in Market and this version did not show up in a search of "splashtop" but other versions did.

    • Rob

      This is for Tablets......

    • miso_sori

      They say a version for phones will come at a later date.

  • miso_sori

    Hmmmm, is this better than the Splashtop Gamepad THD that I already have installed?

    • miso_sori

      Looks like this version does not require a Tegra 3. A NVIDIA GeForce graphics card is required to play games in full screen mode with the THD version but I do not see that mentioned in this version, the THD version also says you can run it over 3g/4g so maybe this newer version is better minus the ability to run it over 3g/4g without paying extra.

  • TechJeeper

    This is why it's free....
    "The Splashtop 2 HD app is available in basic form, which allows connectivity between devices in a local area network (LAN) environment; in addition, a module called "Anywhere Access Pack," available by in-app purchase, will allow users to connect to their devices across the Internet."

    • Himmat Singh

      Funny. I'm using it over the Internet w/o any problem....hmmm

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    OMG I literally just bought this yesterday!!!

    • http://youtagged.me/ pache71

      Did you buy Splashtop 1 or Splashtop 2? they are both on the market and splashtop 1 is better anyways.

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        it was 2, I didn't even know about splashtop till 2 was out.

        • http://youtagged.me/ pache71

          oh dang I'm sorry mate. Looks like they screwed you over too

  • FirefighterMatt56

    So let me get this straight... Based on the comments, iOS owners are getting a free upgrade and a lifetime subscription. Android users wil have to pay for the app again and then pay the subscription on top of that... This is just bull and I will not support the company if they are doing this.

    Let us unite and send in angry tickets!

    • http://youtagged.me/ pache71

      IF you owned splashtop one yes.

    • Jeeeezus C’mon

      Clearly you have zero idea about the subject Mr.Let's All Grab Our Pitchforks...check it out for yourself and you'd see Android users are getting the free subscription too if they bought a previous version. It has nothing to do with iOS or Android - it has to do with complaining.

      • FirefighterMatt56

        Link me to where they say that then. All of the FaQ say that they are doing it for iOS users. Even says it right in the title: http://support-remote.splashtop.com/entries/21625212-how-do-i-upgrade-to-splashtop-2-and-get-a-free-anywhere-access-pack-for-ipad-only

        • Christopher Lee

          Read some of the comments, will you? Plenty of us have the subscription already tied to the Splashtop accounts we created. It's somewhat easier on the iOS side because we were prompted to pick up a Splashtop account, but that's carried my free lifetime subscription over to all my devices.

          • FirefighterMatt56

            I have read the comments and I have emailed them. They told me that Android users will only get a *1 year* subscription (IF we send the info in) and have to pay for the app again while iOS users get everything for free. Tell me how that's fair? I have the email to back that up in which I sent to Eric.

          • Christopher Lee

            If they do do a one year/lifetime dichotomy, then I'm not going to tell you that it's fair. But owning the service on three platforms (iOS, Android, and webOS), it seems my subscription is permanent on all platforms (well, the webOS version obviously isn't getting updated any time soon).

  • abc123

    Just a quick question. I tried this software (a previous version) as a remote desktop alternative when I'm travelling. The problem was that I had to blow holes in my firewall to get it to work. Is it still the case with Splashtop 2? I mean do I still have to open up ports on my router to be able to access home computers from the Internet?

    • ericl5112

      It doesn't appear that way. The talk about not having to do so in the ad. That said, I never had to with splashtop 1.

  • John O’Connor

    teamviewer is still free for personal/non-commercial use and doesn't require changing any ridiculous firewall settings

    • splashtop

      Splashtop is optimized for high performance and low latency. Teamviewer is great for remote support that don't need to stream any video/audio nor interactive content. --Splashtop

    • carbonated_turtle

      Teamviewer is okay, but it doesn't come close to doing what Splashtop does. I just wish there was a phone version of this, but the original will do for now.

  • Ken-NZ

    Could someone enlighten me as to what the difference is between this app and something like Jump Remote Desktop, with which I have happily connected to my PC and have browsed around my desktop, fiddle with photoshop, etc? (Nb. It's also free for one computer).
    Unless I am missing something it seems morally bankrupt for a company to be demanding a paid subscription service for me to use my own mobile internet data which I already have to pay for. Is there some value-added service Splashtop are adding to my mobile data?
    I fully support their right to charge for the app itself, but at face value this looks like one of the least justifiable subscription models ever - 'We won't let you use your own mobile data unless you pay us money.'
    I also note, and it usually a telling sign, that the app rating is tanking badly... This does seem to be based on their shady business practice rather than the apps functions/stability/etc. Oh well, guess they don't really give a damn about Android. Perhaps they'll have better luck with their obviously favoured iOS apps...

    • ericl5112

      While I don't like their subscrption, your argument isn't much better. There are tons of services that charge subscriptions to use your data. From netflix, hulu, to more traditional media like NYT's paywall and E-magazines. You can't use your paid for data to get that content for free. Splasthop seems to be trying to go for this model for some reason.

      • Ken-NZ

        Perhaps you need to rethink your argument. :-)
        All your examples charge you a subscription to access THEIR content, on THEIR servers, which you would otherwise have no rights to. The subscription you pay to Netflix, Hulu, etc is NOT so you can use your data, or to enable the use of such data - that is just incidental to accessing THEIR data (ie. as their content is online, you must me able to access the net to access their data, which obviously uses up your mobile network data).
        With Splashtop you are (seemingly - no one has shown otherwise yet) paying a subscription to simply be permitted to use YOUR mobile broadband to access YOUR data stored on YOUR computer.
        And that sucks.
        Big time.

        • ericl5112

          Nope, I'm not the one that needs to rethink. When you remote from another network, you go through splashtop servers. You are accessing their server software, and that's what the subscription is for. Whether you think you should have to access that software (I don't) is a different argument.

          • Ken-NZ

            Tut-tut. Poor form.
            From my original comment "Is their some value added service that Splashtop are adding to my mobile data?"
            It was at that point you (or someone) should have said "Kind of - they use their servers to process all your data, which I guess they need to charge money for." Waiting until now to point that out is a bit late... especially as this is not the usual way this software works (at least not in my experience). Normally remote desktop software can set up connection from your phone to your computer without having to route all your data through the app makers server.
            I'd certainly agree that this is unecessary, and would question why they need to do this, just like why they need to force you to create an account with them just to access your own data (convenience is not a good enough reason to force you to do so). Certainly, at this stage I will be giving their software a wide berth.

          • ericl5112

            Poor form? I should be used to this on the internet, but the ill informed considering other people poor mannered because the better informed assumed the ill informed had read basic information before complaining still stuns me. That is poor form.

            It was at the point, before you hit the post button, you should have made sure you had some tiny basic grasp over what you are talking about. You obviously didn't. The value you have brought to this comment thread thus far has been pretty pathetic. Really, zero.

          • Ken-NZ

            Of course I should've read their software description a bit closer rather than skimming through it... Certainly wasn't expecting the whole 'relay server' business...

    • Racer Of All

      Not much difference really except they claim that you can play games through it (I haven't tried it myself so I can't say). If your app of choice works then keep using it. Personally I use PhoneMyPC and the devs are a friendly bunch that answer quickly to issues.

  • Christopher Lee

    I purchased Splashtop a while back for my iOS devices (universal) and the HD version for Android tablets (I wish they'd also made the app universal, but...eh). Since I'd already set up a Splashtop account through my iPad, it conferred the Anywhere Access Pack with no expiry date onto my Android tab. So far, so good.

    • ericl5112

      The iOS app isn't universal. It used to be iPhone version and iPad version (now iPhone and Splashtop 2). It will work on an iPad, in iPhone app mode.

      • Christopher Lee

        Right on, looks like I was confused since I haven't sync'd my iPod Touch in a while. I picked up both on 99 cent specials, so still content.

  • Luxferro

    I read about their software on XDA forums. A lot of people liked it. At the time I looked it up in the Play store and saw they have a couple different versions. At that time I said no thanks - don't want to support a company who is trying to nickel and dime customers for slight variations of their software (one version for phone, one for tablet). Now this comes out and it further fortifies my feelings about this company. They are a 1 trick pony, trying to nickel and dime people ... now adding monthly fees.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matticusnicholas Matthew Kupka

    One thing that is unfortunate -- doesn't support games that run in full screen mode. Everything else though is AMAZING. Best app in this category I've EVER seen.

    • splashtop

      To support "full screen" game today, need to have PC w/ NVIDIA graphics where Splashtop can access the framebuffer. -- Splashtop

      • http://www.facebook.com/vaughnb21 Brandon Vaughn

        I'm sorry, but that's just dumb. So what about those who end up paying the $10, and don't have NVIDIA graphics cards? They get fucked over by that? I hope that's changing soon, otherwise this is crappy to do.

  • rive

    Splashtop Remote Desktop HD Always free on Android ($9 purchase cost)-
    Not even sure what the issues are. I have splashtop and free unlimited remote over internet, and I run android 4.0.4. I am running Splashtop Remote Desktop HD v1.9.9.8/Splashtop Streamer v2.1.0.4

  • adam

    why cant i unstill this from my android tablet? the only options are "app info" and i cant uninstall it via the play store either, just says open or update.